John P. Goodman, D.D.S., offers several options to replace missing teeth and restore function. Both dental implants and traditional bridges have their own advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to make the most appropriate choice for your oral health. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Goodman can help you decide implant vs. bridge at our Kansas City, MO, practice. Both types of prosthetic can restore your smile and improve your overall oral health. However, a bridge will only replace the crown of your tooth, while an implant can replace the entire structure, including the tooth roots. This can provide additional benefits for the right candidates, but dental implants are not the most appropriate choice for every patient. Dr. Goodman will evaluate your oral health and budget to determine which type of restoration is appropriate for you.
Placing Bridges and Dental Implants
A traditional bridge is comprised of several crowns that are attached to one another. The crowns on each end of the restoration will be secured to the adjacent teeth, affixing the entire bridge in place. To place a bridge, Dr. Goodman will need to reshape those teeth. Using gentle techniques, he will trim off small amounts of enamel to create room for the restoration. He will then take impressions of your bite that our lab will use to design your restoration.
With appropriate dental care, a dental implant can last a lifetime, making it a great investment in your smile.
If you choose a dental implant, Dr. Goodman will perform a precise placement surgery. After numbing the surgical area to ensure your comfort, he will set the implant post directly into your jawbone. The recovery period typically requires three to six months for your jaw and the titanium post to fuse together. After your recovery, Dr. Goodman will attach your restoration directly to the implant.
The Health Benefits of Implants vs. Bridges
An implant will require a more time-consuming procedure than a dental bridge, however, implants can offer important health benefits. If you choose an implant, the adjacent teeth do not need to be modified, while traditional bridges require small amounts of enamel to be removed.
Additionally, an implant will perform all the same functions as your natural tooth roots. This provides a stable foundation for your restoration, and it will also send regenerative signals to your jaw, which can prevent future bone recession. Implants can also reduce your risk for further tooth loss and protect your natural facial structure.
The Cost of Implants vs. Bridges
Although dental implants may have a higher upfront cost than a dental bridge, it may actually save you money in the long-term. With appropriate dental care, a dental implant can last a lifetime, making it a great investment in your smile. By comparison, you may need to replace a traditional bridge periodically.
Dr. Goodman wants to make quality care affordable for all of our patients. Our front office team will be happy to assist you in finding an appropriate financing solution.
Learn More about Your Restorative Options
To learn more about bridges and implants, or to find out which restorative option may be right for you, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.