A missing tooth presents many challenges. You may first think about the difficulties you have eating and chewing your food, or perhaps how embarrassed you feel when you have to talk or smile in front of other people.
Did you know your missing tooth is also affecting your oral health? Without a root, you'll begin to lose bone, and without a new tooth, your remaining teeth will shift into the open space.
The good news is that there are solutions! Your trusted team at Rush Creek Dentistry will help you decide if you should choose a dental implant or bridge.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is by far the best choice for replacing your tooth because it restores both your tooth and your root. An implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed into your bone, and a high quality porcelain crown, which replaces your tooth. Titanium is biocompatible and will naturally integrate with your bone over time, which creates a stable foundation for your new tooth. Dr. Rami Sater will customize your new tooth so that it matches your existing teeth and complements your smile.
Dental implants offer you all the function you had with your natural tooth, which means you'll be back to talking, smiling, eating, and chewing with ease in no time. They also offer great longevity as with the right home care and regular checkups with Dr. Sater, they can potentially last a lifetime. This also makes them a cost effective long-term choice for your oral health.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Implants do require two things to be successful:
- That you're in good overall health, and
- That you have enough healthy bone structure to support them.
If you should find that dental implants are not in your future, you may look at a dental bridge as an option. A bridge uses your healthy teeth as anchors for porcelain crowns that support one or more prosthetic teeth. Dr. Sater will design your bridge to complete your smile in an esthetically pleasing way. It's important to keep your anchor teeth clean and healthy to ensure the longevity of your bridge.
To learn more about whether dental implants in Arlington, TX are right for you, contact Rush Creek Dentistry today.