Many of us lose adult teeth, whether from an injury, tooth decay, gum disease or a genetic condition. Having a missing tooth in your smile can affect your confidence, your speech, your ability to chew food, and also your oral health.
“Over time, a missing tooth can affect the alignment of your teeth, cause premature wear on other teeth and have other negative oral health effects,” says Dr. Fatemeh Basij, DDS, owner of Allard Dental Centre.
Dental implants and bridges are two options to replace a missing tooth (or teeth), each with its own benefits and considerations.
Dental implants look and feel like a real tooth, and can last a lifetime with proper care. Through surgery, your dentist implants a screw-like post in place of your tooth’s root to act as an anchor for the artificial tooth. After your mouth has healed and the anchor has fused to the jawbone, your dentist will add a dental crown to restore function and brighten your smile!
“Implants are very reliable, but they are not for everyone. Patients need to have a good quality jawbone and strong oral hygiene to be a good candidate,” Dr. Basij says.
If the cost or invasive nature of dental implants isn’t appealing to you, a dental bridge may be a better option.
“Dental bridges can last a long time, and still offer a realistic look and feel. They’re a more economical option, and don’t require surgery,” Dr. Basij says.
Ceramic dental crowns are attached to the adjacent teeth on either side of the missing tooth, and cemented in place. The artificial tooth is held in place by the two healthy teeth, and not anchored to your jawbone.
“For a dental bridge to be successful, the neighbouring teeth must be healthy and strong.”
Dental implant vs. dental bridge: Which is best?
The best solution for missing teeth depends on each individual’s oral health, preferences, budget, and needs. For a free consultation on treating your missing teeth, contact Allard Dental Centre.
“Every person and every tooth is different. We can assess your needs and offer recommendations to bring back a healthy smile!”
Book your appointment at allarddentalcentre.ca or call 604-882-0568. Their office is conveniently located at 301-21183 88 Ave., Langley with abundant free parking, wheelchair and walker accessibility, and simultaneous appointments to accommodate families. Find them on Facebook and Instagram for more dental tips.