Understanding the Differences between Dental Implants, Bridges and Dentures
Do you know the differences between dental implants, bridges and dentures?
Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. They are secured at the site of the missing tooth or teeth. You can replace one natural tooth with a single dental implant, or replace a complete row or arch with permanent implant-supported dentures. Because they stimulate the jaw bone, they keep the mouth healthier and the hard and soft tissues from deteriorating.
Bridges also fill the gaps caused by missing teeth, but they require the use of the surrounding healthy teeth. The teeth around the missing tooth are reduced and turned into anchors for a tooth replica that goes into the gap. They do not protect the jaw bone against reabsorption.
Dentures are removable dental devices that are typically used to replace the upper or lower arch of teeth. They must be specially cleaned, and the fit may not be precise. Some denture wearers complain because they cannot eat all the foods they love. The bones and gums are left unprotected because the dentures do not provide any stimulation; they simply sit on the tissue.
To learn more about your candidacy for dental implants, bridges or dentures, call us at (615) 298-2030.
Why We Recommend Dental Implants for the Right Candidates
For patients who want a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth, we often recommend dental implants over bridges and dentures. After all, dental implants are permanent and look completely natural. They also keep other teeth, bones and soft tissues from problems commonly associated with tooth loss.
Only a thorough examination with our dentists can tell if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Please make your appointment today.
Have missing teeth? You have options! Call Belle Meade Family Dentistry at (615) 298-2030 in Nashville, TN to talk with our dentists about dental implants.