Do people call you an “old-goat” because of those missing or lost teeth? Are you embarrassed to give a speech, eat in public, or smile wide, because of this problem? Well, don’t be. Medical science has made a progress to the point that your lost teeth can be “found” and deliver you a confident smile again.
Lost teeth can be replaced, by relying either on dental implants or dental bridges. These are the two most popular options available to replace and renew your teeth. However, making a choice between the two might be confusing. Ever wondered what is the difference between the two?
So, here is a brief guide about the differences between dental implants and bridges –
Dental implant refers to an artificial tooth made of titanium, that connects to the jawbone. A surgical process is required to fixate the dental implant inside the jaw bone, forming a close bond with the bone. This is a biological process called as osteointegration, which fuses the implant with the bone so that it is firmly anchored in position.
Dental bridges, as the name suggests, literally bridge the gap between the missing teeth. A metal structure with porcelain cover sits over the gap left by your missing teeth and bonds with your natural teeth. In short, artificial teeth are joined to the adjoining natural, healthy teeth. It helps in recreating a natural and attractive look, all over again.
· Completion time
Dental implants in Abu Dhabi and elsewhere generally take an hour for a single implant and might take longer for multiple implants. However, once it has been placed, it takes about 4 to 6 months to heal. It is thus important to understand that you are committing to a long process.
A dental bridge can be completed in two sessions. However, it needs more time to fuse with the bone, once the surgery is completed. It takes about 3 to 6 months for the patient to get routinized and feel comfortable with the dental bridges.
· Maintenance and oral hygiene
You need to be doubly careful while taking care of the dental implants. There is no need for a specialized brush or floss. However, one needs to be cautious while flossing or even brushing to prevent inflammation and bleeding.
When it comes to maintaining dental bridges, one should use soft-bristled toothbrush and brush after every meal. There is a specialized kind of super floss and floss threaders which come for caring of the dental bridges, which you can use after consulting your dentist.
Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require any modifications to the surrounding teeth and thus provide the highest quality of aesthetic results. They provide exceptional stability and comfort and function just like normal teeth.
Dental bridges, on the other hand, look very natural but possess the risk of the opening up of the gaps. They might also lead to the damage of the adjoining teeth and further create stressful situations.
Both the processes yield results and deliver a warm smile. But whether to choose dental implants or dental bridges for the process of enhancing your appearance totally depends on your personal choice.