Teeth are easy to lose and hard to replace
A dental bridge does exactly what the word implies: it bridges across an empty space. A fixed bridge is anchored from one strong tooth to another strong tooth and fills the gap that was left by the missing tooth (or teeth).
A fixed bridge is stationary. You don’t need to take it out at night. It looks like your natural teeth. It’s comfortable and doesn’t move when you’re chewing. It anchors and supports your neighboring teeth; keeps teeth aligned; and restores your mouth to a level of prevention.
May catch food underneath the false tooth or teeth. You will need to have special cleaning tools such as floss threader or irrigator. You are limited to areas that have strong teeth on either side and are not too far apart.
Dental implants are the nearest thing to natural tooth function available in dentistry. Using the same principles and materials used in joint replacement surgery, dental implants are securely anchored into bone and will attached to single or multiple replacement teeth.
Benefits of implants
Implants feel more comfortable, secure, and natural than removable tooth replacements such as a partial denture. Implants are cleaned just like natural teeth. Implants will stop the jawbone from shrinking, which in turn stops premature facial aging.
Most expensive tooth replacement. A surgical procedure is involved. An extended time period from the first surgery to the delivery of crowns of two to three months.
A partial denture is a removable appliance; in other words, unlike the fixed bridge and the dental implant, it comes in and out of your mouth. The artificial teeth are held in place in your mouth with support from your teeth, jawbone and gums.
Choose a partial denture when: A fixed bridge is not an option because you are missing the necessary strong anchoring teeth.
A dental implant is not an option for anchoring teeth. You need to replace too many teeth and/or budget is a concern.
Annoying: Food gets caught under the denture.
Uncomfortable: If not fitted properly, the denture will move around.
Embarrassing: People don’t like the thought of a removable tooth, and metal clasps on partials may be visible.
An adjustment period: It takes several dental visits to adjust the fit.
A nuisance – easy to lose
Regardless of the type of tooth replacement, it is important to understand that replacing missing teeth is a necessity for good health, not a luxury of vanity. And, remember, don’t be an innocent bystander when it comes to your health treatment. Work together with your dentist and determine the right therapy for your individual situation.