When you lose a tooth it obviously leaves an unattractive gap in your smile, but it can lead to other dental issues, as well. Your natural teeth can begin to shift into the empty space which can lead to crooked teeth and bite misalignment. There is also the issue of jawbone atrophy which takes place when there is no longer a root in the socket of your jaw. While a dental bridge can fill the gap and eliminate the chances for shifting, crooked teeth, a dental implant can solve both that problem and eliminate the chances of jawbone disintegration.
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically placed into your jawbone then topped with an artificial tooth. The titanium cylinder replaces the root of your tooth which keeps your jawbone healthy and strong. Without the root, your jawbone is deprived of much needed blood flow and nutrients, and as a result, it will resorb (break down) over time. Once the post osseointegrates, or fuses, with your jawbone, the cylinder is as strong and stable as your natural tooth root.
A dental bridge is not in any way inserted into your jawbone. It consists of the pontic (artificial tooth) in between two dental crowns. The dental crowns are bonded to the natural teeth adjacent to the space left by the missing tooth. In order for the two natural teeth to accommodate the bridge, however, they are reduced in size by removing enough natural tooth structure to accommodate the thickness of the dental crowns. The pontic then fills the space, but is not fixed to the jaw. Therefore, the underlying jawbone can still resorb over time.
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At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.