A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that uses existing teeth as anchors to fill in a missing tooth — rather like three or more connected crowns. The artificial tooth is joined to the healthy teeth, which must not be decayed, chipped or cracked, on either side of it for support, re-establishing the regular balance and symmetry of your jaw. Bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
“An implant is an ‘anchor’ surgically inserted into the jawbone that serves as a stable base for an artificial replacement tooth”
One of the greatest advantages of an implant is that, unlike a bridge, it can replace more than one tooth and does not put any strain on the adjacent teeth. An implant also lasts longer, looks more natural, can replace a single tooth or several, and requires very little maintenance. Of course an implant requires surgery, and a bridge does not, which makes the bridge quicker and easier — and inevitably less painful and cheaper.
One of the best things about dental implants is how closely they resemble normal teeth
The main risks of an implant are an infection, damage to the surrounding teeth or blood vessels, nerve damage and sinus problems. The first signs of complications are pain, swelling, inflammation, gum recession, difficulty chewing or the implant coming loose, but in general implants are very successful. There is a higher rate of implant failure for smokers though, and people suffering from diabetes, cancer or periodontal disease may need special treatment to qualify for dental implants in Sunshine Coast.
Titanium is a lightweight, high-strength, low-corrosion structural metal used in prosthetic devices, because it does not react with fleshy tissue and bone
Titanium, screw-shaped implants called Endosteal are the most commonly used type of implant. The temporary protective cover screw is placed on the implant while it fuses with the jawbone. This osseointegration takes up to six months and creates a sturdy, resistant prosthetic. The protective cover is then replaced by a temporary crown around which the gum grows. Finally that is replaced by a permanent crown. Subperiosteal dental implants are placed under the gum, but on or above the jawbone.
At Eumundi Dental Dr. Sarah Rose offers a wide range of dental services for adults, including bridges and implants.
Make an appointment today to find out which would work best for you. Then you will be able to smile again.