It’s always essential to replace your missing teeth. Your oral health, and even the strength of your jawbone, depends on the presence of strong, healthy teeth. Your tooth roots stimulate the jawbone, encouraging healthy bone growth. Without a tooth root, that portion of the jawbone lacks stimulation and may begin to atrophy.
However, you can prevent oral health and jaw problems caused by tooth loss by replacing your missing teeth. But what tooth replacement should you choose?
Dental Bridge vs Dental Implant
A dental implant is the ideal tooth replacement solution for many patients. Unlike other tooth replacements, the dental implant is placed directly in the jaw. As a result, the jawbone integrates with the implant as it would with a natural tooth root, and the implant acts in the same way as a natural tooth root, preventing bone loss.
The downside to a dental implant for many patients is the cost, which is higher than most other tooth replacement options, and the necessity for appropriate bone mass. Therefore, before recommending a dental implant as a replacement, our dentists at Mount Waverly Smiles will evaluate your bone density to see if you have the appropriate density to support a dental implant.
If a patient does not have appropriate bone mass, we may recommend a bone graft to add density to the jawbone or another tooth replacement choice, such as a dental bridge.
We offer the benefits of both tooth replacements below to help you understand what makes each choice suitable for different patients.
Benefits of a Dental Implant
- Durable, strong and secure
- Natural look and feel
- Jaw stimulation encourages natural bone growth
- Provides great biting power
- Easy to maintain
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
- A dental bridge often has a much lower upfront cost than a dental implant
- No surgical procedure is typically required for placement
- Implemented more quickly than traditional dental implants
- It can be customized to match your smile, creating a seamless look
Tooth Replacement in Mount Waverly
We enjoy helping patients improve and maintain the best oral health with tooth replacements in Mount Waverley. Our team of dental professionals has extensive experience in replacing missing teeth, and they would love to help you complete your smile.
We invite you to contact us to arrange your consultation for a dental bridge or dental implant. In our practice, we can discuss your needs, lifestyle and budget to help you make the most appropriate decision for your dental situation.