Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
Having missing teeth can have greater consequences than just affecting the looks of your smile. Living with missing teeth affects your ability to eat well, hinders speech, and affects your health. Over time, those lost teeth create additional stress on your bite, which can cause alignment issues that cause jaw joint pain. Missing teeth even can affect the shape of your face, making you look aged beyond your years.
If you are missing teeth, it is important to seek restorative tooth replacement options. Two of the most popular ones in the field of dentistry today are implants and bridges.
A dental implant typically is considered the best long-term solution, in most cases. An implant has more durability and stability than any other restorative treatment. This is because an implant, made of titanium, is surgically placed in the jaw, replacing the root of a tooth. A dental crown is permanently connected to the top of the implant. Implants also have a success rate of 95 percent and are resistant to decay.
Bridges are typically used to replace one or more missing teeth by spanning the space in the mouth where the lost teeth were. A bridge is cemented to the surrounding natural teeth or implants on either side of the space. These teeth or implants anchor the bridge into place. A replacement tooth, known as a pontic, is in the middle, with the attachment crowns on either side. Bridges are made to match your remaining natural teeth.
Implants last longer than bridgework. Bridges typically last about ten years, although oral hygiene habits can prolong or shorten the effective life span of bridgework. Both implants and bridgework are easy to maintain. Unlike dentures, which are removable, you can clean a dental implant or bridge the same way you brush and floss your remaining natural teeth.
If you have missing teeth, why continue to live with the inconvenience, low self-esteem, and potential oral health problems? The staff at PGA Smiles has a wealth of education, experience, and training in the field of restorative dentistry. Contact us today at (561) 627-7090 to learn more about our tooth replacement options.
PGA Smiles is here to serve patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.