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Is it Better to Get A Dental Implant or a Bridge?

When deciding on a restorative solution it is important to look at all of your options to help you decide on the best option that works for you. A common question patients face is if they should choose a dental bridge or dental implants when they are looking for a tooth replacement solution. Both are restorative solutions for missing teeth, and it is helpful to understand the differences. At Sudbury Dental we provide our patients with a thorough consultation to examine their teeth & mouth and will discuss the differences between all of the restorative options available. Our staff works closely with our patients to help choose the best dental restoration in Sudbury, MA.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to one or more neighboring teeth also known as abutment teeth. Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by dental implants. The false teeth are in-between and are called pontics.

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

During your first appointment at our dental office in Sudbury, MA, we prepare the neighboring teeth. The preparation for a bridge involves removing part of the enamel to allow room for the crown. The crowns are placed over the neighboring teeth. Impressions of your teeth are taken to make the bridge in the lab, and temporary bridges are used while you wait for your permanent bridge. Patients return to the office, and we remove the temporary bridge to prepare for the permanent bridge. The new bridge is installed, and we check to make sure the bridge is comfortable, and the perfect fit. Patients may have to return to our office again to ensure the bridge is working well with your bite. Once we know the bridge fits properly we will cement the bridge in place.

How Long Will Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges last around 10-15 years. Bridges do involve using some of your natural teeth, and this can cause your bridge to fail over time. The teeth around the bridge are still vulnerable to decay and disease which can attribute to the life of the bridge. Patients must practice good oral hygiene habits at home to keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Dr. Paul Kang, our dentist in Sudbury, MA,  recommends brushing twice a day and flossing to ensure you carefully clean around both the false and natural teeth. Visiting our office regularly can help to keep your teeth clean, and your bridge looking and feeling great.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

  • Surgery is not required
  • Dental bridges tend to be less costly compared to implants
  • Jawbone density is not an issue with bridges
  • Overall the bridge procedure is less invasive compared to dental implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Implants are a permanent solution for patients that have missing, broken, or damaged teeth. They are durable, and act similar to a screw that is placed into the jawbone. The screw acts like an artificial tooth root, and provides a strong base for one or more artificial teeth. Implants require a healing period to give the implant time to fuse to the jawbone. This process allows the implant to function just like a natural tooth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants require multiple appointments in our dental clinic in [insert city, state], and the process takes a few months. The first step involves placing the implant into the patient’s jawbone. Once this is done there is a healing period where we must give the implant time to fuse to the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration.

Part of our implant evaluation process is to determine if the patient has adequate bone in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to give patients the bone required to provide the necessary support. Once the healing process is complete the patient returns to our office, and an abutment or connector is placed on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured to the implant. Custom crowns are made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. Temporary crowns may be used while patients wait for the permanent crowns to be installed.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are durable and last upwards of 25 years, or a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Implants are built out of titanium, and provide patients with a permanent solution for missing teeth. Caring for dental implants is like caring for natural teeth, and Dr. Paul Kang recommends practicing good oral hygiene habits at home to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental implants are long lasting, and are a permanent restorative solution
  • Easy to care for
  • Implants function like natural teeth
  • Chewing power is restored with dental implants
  • Speech and overall appearance are improved
  • Patients can eat all the foods they normally would with implants
  • Dental Implants tend to cost more, but are a good investment because they are built to last

Looking for a Dentist to Provide Dental Implants or Dental Bridges Near You?

Choosing the best restorative option is a big decision, and our team is here to help. Our consultation process will answer all of your questions, and we will discuss what option may work best for you. We want our patients to be proud of their smile, and our team works to give patients the highest level of care. At Sudbury Dental, we welcome our patients in a comfortable and relaxing environment using state of the art technology. Creating beautiful smiles is what we do, and we take pride in giving patients a smile they can be proud of.

If you are interested in finding out more about your restorative options such as dental implants or dental bridges, please contact our dental office in Sudbury, MA to schedule your consultation.

How To Prevent Gum Disease?

How To Prevent Gum Disease

There are many patients who go to the dental clinic without knowing that they suffer from gum disease, when a patient has red, inflamed gums and even bleeds spontaneously or during brushing is that he suffers from gum disease or gingivitis itself or periodontitis; these are about the teeth, but if they are about a dental implant we will call it periimplantitis.

The gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease. It is defined as an inflammatory reaction of the gum caused among other factors by the accumulation of bacterial plaque on the surface of the teeth that we do not remove with brushing. Other causes of gingivitis may be due to a viral, fungal origin or caused by injury, systemic diseases and, above all, by tobacco use. Due to the hormonal change in pregnant women it is very common in them to present gingivitis especially during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. There are also different medications that cause gingivitis as an adverse effect, among them we have anticonvulsants, immunosuppressants and calcium antagonists.

If gingivitis is not treated it can evolve into periodontitis. Periodontitis is characterized by the presence of bleeding, there are changes in the color and shape of the gum, there may be a retraction of the gum in which the root of the tooth is exposed and bone loss can lead to dental mobility and even tooth loss. Likewise, periimplantits could be produced around dental implants since the surrounding gum could be affected by the accumulation of bacterial plaque, and in the same way that on the tooth it would first respond with a peri- implant mucositis that is the inflammation of the surrounding mucosa to the implant and after having an evolution would progress in periimplantitis in which the bone is affected.

How can we prevent gingivitis?

In order to prevent periodontal diseases, it is vitally important to have good oral hygiene since the objective is to eliminate and reduce the number of bacteria that cause these pathologies. This objective is achieved through a daily brush-based treatment, flossing to prevent the accumulation of bacterial plaque in the interpoximal areas (between tooth and tooth) and with the help of the use of antiseptics such as mouthwashes with chlorhexidine, which is an agent with bactericidal and fungicidal effect. With the use of rinses with chlorhexidine we will help eliminate and inhibit bacterial growth, reduce the risk of infection without damaging the teeth and gums. Chlorhexidine should be prescribed by a dentist with a treatment regimen, since it can cause side effects such as darkening of the teeth or produce dental stains, these are not permanent, but are easily removed with dental hygiene in the office.

Regularly going to the dental office will take control of the health status of your mouth. In the consultation, reviews are carried out periodically that with the help of the use of radiographs the dentist will have a vision of the state of your mouth. In addition, it is advisable to perform at least one dental hygiene a year to remove bacterial plaque and tartar that has accumulated on the surface of the teeth and that is impossible to remove with brushing and flossing. In dental Barcelona we encourage you to come and have a revision, here we will advise you on the best care for your gums and teeth. We will explain the best brushing techniques and how you should pass the thread correctly between tooth and tooth.