Dental Implants Vs Bridges and Dentures

Dental Solutions for Missing and Damaged Teeth

Having a tooth extracted can be a traumatic experience leading to feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness. However, there are a number of treatment options available to restore your teeth both aesthetically and functionally.

If the space after the extraction is left untreated, not only will this look unsightly and make eating certain foods more difficult, the remaining teeth often move into the space and become misaligned. This in turn can lead to further dental treatment being necessary at a latter date.

Solution 1 – Dental Implants Solution 2 – Dentures Solution 3 – Dental Bridges
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone to replace the missing tooth root, usually under local anaesthetic. Titanium is used, as it is generally very compatible with the human body, and bone bonds well to it, giving a stable and long-term structure on to which the replacement tooth is fixed. Once healed (4 – 8 weeks), the artificial root acts as a base for fixing a crown to replace the missing tooth, to give a functional, highly aesthetic and long-term result. Partial dentures are mainly used when a large number of teeth are missing but they can be used partially, for example if only the back teeth were missing. Dentures are removable structures that go over the gum and replace the lost teeth. They are aesthetically more pleasing than leaving a gap where the missing teeth were.    A dental bridge is the most traditional form of treatment for tooth replacement, spanning the gap between the missing tooth and the two adjacent teeth. To ‘fix’ the bridge in place, the two teeth either side of the missing tooth are cut down and the bridge is created by crowning the cut down teeth with the missing tooth suspended in-between. The bridge can be made out of various materials, giving a natural appearance that can be matched to your existing teeth.
 Advantages:  Advantages:  Advantages:
 • A improved quality of life
• Natural and aesthetic appearance
• Helps in keeping you looking younger by preventing   shrinkage of jawbone.
• Helps to prevent gum deterioration.
• Healthy teeth are not cut down
• Functionality is fully restored
• A long-term and often permanent solution
• Offers stability and reliability
 • Fills gaps and gives the impression of having teeth
• Can aid eating certain kinds of foods
• Easy to look after
• Treatment time shorter than Implants
• In the short term costs less than Implants
 • Natural appearance
• Aesthetically looks better than no teeth
• Improves functionality
• Permanently fixed
• Treatment time shorter than Implants
• In the short term costs less than Implants
 Considerations:  Considerations:  Considerations:
 • Treatment time may be variable, depending on complexity of the case
• Can initially appear to cost more, however in many cases implants may offer a more economical solution in the long term
• Smoking or poor dental hygiene, as with normal teeth, may effect the success of the implant
 • Less support and stability than secured options
• Problems with eating
• May effect speech
• Can be uncomfortable to wear
• Do not preserve the jawbone and can further jawbone recession and facial collapse
• Eventual replacement required
 • The cutting down of healthy adjacent teeth
• Nothing is replacing the missing tooth root
• Bone and gum deterioration may occur under the gap leading to jawbone recession and facial collapse

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Active Smile Dental Implant Centre

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Worcestershire WR11 4RE