Losing a tooth as an adult is not quite as fun as it can be as a child. When we lose a tooth, it can affect our appearance, our ability to chew, and even our speech. A missing tooth also impacts the structure of your jaw. Without the stimulation of the tooth, you can experience bone loss in your jaw. This can affect your other teeth as it creates a less stable foundation for them. Because of this, it is important to replace teeth that are lost with some type of restoration. Depending on the situation, a dental bridge could be the best choice of restorative treatment.
It can be less invasive to get a bridge
A dental implant is more like a tooth in may ways, and it will usually last much longer than a dental bridge. However, a dental implant requires an surgical procedure to take the place of where the tooth used to be. If it has been a long time since the loss of a tooth, the gums and bone may require extensive work to prepare for an implant. A dental bridge can be removable. Another type of dental bridge is available that is more similar to natural teeth and more esthetically pleasing.
A bridge may be more cost-effective than an implant
Because a dental implant can be more invasive to install, it may be more expensive than a dental bridge. Your dentist will be able to walk you through the best restorative option for you.
If you are missing a tooth, a dental bridge might restore your smile
Dr. Huffstutler can help you decide if a custom dental bridge is the best option for you. To schedule a consultation, call our office in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-918-3038. Our office welcomes patients from all over DFW, including Dallas, North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.