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What Is The Difference Between A Dental Implant Or A Bridge?

Posted November 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

A message from Dr. Mark Nguyen DDS:

“At OC Healthy Smiles, we offer a technique called CT scan guided implant surgery. We are one one of the few offices in Orange County that has invested in this technology to safely and effectively to do implant surgery. Many patients are more satisfied with the results of an implant rather than a bridge. Reasons to consider a dental implant over a bridge; a bridge requires a dentist to carve down some of the tooth structure on the two healthy teeth next to the missing tooth. An implant how ever, only requires work in the space where the missing tooth was. Another reason patient prefer implants is that a dental implant is much easier to keep clean than a bridge. And lastly, patients prefer implants because a dental implant is much more natural looking than a bridge.”

When replacing a missing tooth, it is likely that you will have to make the choice between a dental implant or a bridge. When faced with these options, it is always beneficial to be informed on some key facts about bridges and implants. The skilled dentists at OC Healthy Smiles, have been practicing for many years and use the most advanced technology for all of our patients. To make the process easier, we have put together some key information on both options so you can make an informed decision.

Dental Bridges

Bridges have been around for hundreds of years and have advanced, especially in the past 30 years. To replace the missing tooth, a bridge requires a dentist to carve down some of the tooth structure on the two healthy teeth next to the missing tooth. The teeth are then replaced with three or more connected crowns. The design of the crown effectively bridges the gap between teeth, but also makes brushing slightly more complicated. For good oral health, patients with bridges must use special brushing and flossing techniques to keep food particles and bacteria from being trapped. Depending on how well you take care of your bridge, they can last anywhere from 8 years to a lifetime.

Dental Implants

It has been found that many patients are more satisfied with the results of a dental implant rather than a bridge. An implant only requires the dentist to work with the space where the missing tooth was. The implant is more natural looking than a bridge and can be color matched to your enamel. OC Healthy Smiles offers a technique called CT Scan Guided Implant surgery and is one of the few offices in Orange County that has invested in this technology to safely and effectively perform implant surgery. The implant looks, feels, and appears like a natural tooth, so your daily brushing and flossing routine does not need to be changed to accommodate the implant. Implants are easier to keep clean and are less likely to need to be replaced because of this.

Every patient has a unique smile, so make sure to schedule an appointment with us to find out if a bridge or implant is the right option for your missing tooth. Feel free to call OC Healthy Smiles to schedule your exam with one of our expert dentists at (714) 422-0596 or to get more information on dental implants and bridges.

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Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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