Premolar teeth implant 3D render of jaw with Dental bridge

A common question that people ask is “should I get dental implants or a dental bridge?”. These two popular options are mentioned when thinking about replacements. When you lose a tooth, it’s crucial to get a replacement to keep the rest of your teeth properly aligned and protect against infection. They can help you maintain your facial shape and prevent eating and speaking problems. At Oldbury smiles Spa, we offer a range of services that cover dental implants and dental bridges. If you are struggling to decide which ones are best for you, keep on reading to find out.

 

What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

A dental implant can be a solution for you if you have missing teeth. It is a surgical procedure involving a titanium screw placed in your jawbone to support one or more false teeth. This is usually done under sedation. During the procedure, an incision is made in the gum tissue then your dentist will drill a small hole into your jawbone and an implant is placed into the hole. Then your gums are stitched together over the dental implant so it can heal. During this process, new bone can grow on and around the implant post. After surgery, dental appliances should not be worn, as they will put pressure on the implant. The second surgical procedure is short and takes place between 3-8 months later. The implant will be exposed and evaluated to see if the implant has successfully locked and necessary changes can be made. Then a healing cap will be placed in the gums so the tooth can be attached to a small screw.

 

Dental Implant Pros and Cons

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Can I Get An Implant After A Bridge?

Yes. You can get an implant after a dental bridge. After some time a bridge can wear out and malfunction. Even though it might look aesthetically pleasing, you can switch from a bridge to an implant to improve this.

What is A Dental Bridge and How Do They Work?

A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth with a false one that bonds to your natural teeth, this then bridges the gap in your mouth. However, bridges do not replace your tooth root as an implant would. A full x-ray examination will be performed of the mouth to assess any issues with your teeth and gums. A treatment plan will be made and tailored to your needs then revisited and then you can book an appointment. During this procedure, for the teeth that are missing, a dentist will prepare teeth on either side of the bridge which is then glued in place and are not removable. The bridge replaces the tooth that is attached to the teeth on either side. They are beneficial as they can treat several gaps at a time.

 

 Dental Bridge Pros and Cons

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What Age Can You Get Dental Implants or Bridges?

The required age to be considered for this treatment is at least 17 or 18 years old as the procedure requires a fully developed jaw.


How To Choose between An Implant Or A Bridge 

 

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There are other alternatives to dental implants and dental bridges. Root canal therapy, fix bridges and removable dentures are other options you can choose from. For more help and advice on choosing which one is best for you contact Oldbury Smile Spa today. We are a friendly team that cares about your oral health and wellbeing. Don’t take our word for it,  see what our patients have to say.



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Elizabeth Summan
Practice Manager

Elizabeth Summan

Practice Manager

Elizabeth has worked as a dental nurse for 16 years and as a practice manager with Oldbury Smile Spa for just over 8 years

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