Losing an adult tooth is pretty common. In fact, 69% of adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one of their permanent teeth. Risk for additional tooth loss increases as you get older.
At Allure Dental of Hollywood, our skilled dental team offers solutions to protect your smile and your bite after tooth loss. We specialize in both bridges and dental implants and help you make the most informed decision about which restorative option is best for you.
If you haven’t needed a bridge or implant until now, you may not understand the difference between the two. Here’s an overview of what you get with each:
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth connected to supporting anchor crowns on either side. Crowns are tooth caps that fit over the teeth on each side of the empty space. To be a candidate for a tooth-supported bridge, your gap-adjacent teeth must be healthy enough to support a crown.
Dental implants require a surgical procedure to implant a titanium post into your jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. Over time, the post fuses to your bone and creates a supportive anchor for an artificial tooth (crown).
After a period of healing, our dental team attaches your artificial tooth over the post to restore your smile and bite capability.
Dental bridges offer many benefits for those who are missing a tooth due to decay or injury. They’re an ideal solution if you’re looking to replace a tooth quickly and without surgery.
Other benefits of dental bridges include:
Getting a bridge can improve your oral health and prevent your other teeth from shifting out of place. Replacing your missing tooth with a bridge also improves your ability to chew normally and speak clearly.
Because a bridge doesn’t require invasive surgery, you can get your smile back in just two visits to our dental office with minimal recovery time.
Dental bridges are often covered by insurance and cost less than dental implants. They can last 7-10 years to preserve your oral health and smile.
Dental implants are an effective solution if you’re missing one or multiple teeth. They offer several benefits over bridges, including:
Dental implants offer the longest lasting results currently available. Implants can provide results for at least 15 years and up to a lifetime with proper oral care.
Dental implants provide results that look natural for a longer time than bridges. With age, the artificial tooth on a bridge can look less natural but dental implants retain their appearance for much longer.
We can also offer a complete smile makeover using dental implants if most of your teeth are damaged or missing.
Missing teeth can cause your jawbone to shrink over time, making your teeth shift and ultimately leading to jaw problems. Dental implants help prevent bone shrinkage to revitalize your jawbone health.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, our dental team can help you review the pros and cons of bridges and dental implants. We also offer comprehensive dental exams to determine which solution is the right fit for you.