- January 11, 2017
Are you tired of seeing that empty space in your smile? You deserve a complete smile. Call us today at 248-972-8720 and schedule your next appointment for restorative dentistry. Because Dr. Newingham has continued his education at the prestigious Kois Center and Spears Education, you can easily replace a missing tooth at our Birmingham, MI dental office.
Why Missing A Tooth Is A Problem
Some people aren’t worried about having an empty space in their smile. They say they’re not vain, so why replace it? First of all, it’s not vain to want to look good. When you look good, you tend to feel better about yourself — and strong self-esteem is something everyone deserves. But there are other problems as well:
- You can have trouble pronouncing your words correctly.
- Some foods can be much harder to eat.
- Your confidence is lower when meeting new people or speaking publically.
- Your other teeth can slide towards the gap and get crooked.
That’s why it’s important to call our Birmingham, MI dental office today for a dental restoration. Dr. Newingham has advanced training in replacing lost teeth as well as years of practical experience. You can soon get rid of such problems, but the first step is to call.
Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges
How can you replace a lost tooth? You have two options at Newingham Dental Center: dental implants and dental bridges. Both feature a natural-looking, durable, and beautiful replacement tooth. The major difference is in how that replacement is secured.
Dental implants have three components: the replacement tooth, an artificial root made from titanium, and an abutment that connects the two. Dr. Newingham will surgically place the root in your jawbone. Then you’ll get the replacement held firmly by the abutment.
Dental bridges do not require surgery. Instead, you’ll get a dental crown on each tooth next to the empty space. Then the replacement tooth is put in place and bonded to those crowns. This is how a dental bridge keeps the replacement in that spot.
This difference may not seem that big, but it means these dental restorations have other differences. Here’s how they compare.
Dental implants require oral surgery, which means a lot more preparation and work needs to be done. Because dental bridges use bonding instead of surgery to hold the replacement tooth in place, they are more affordable. If you want the dental restoration that costs the least, you want a dental bridge.
However, that savings does come with a cost. Your jawbone expects roots from your teeth to be in it. They keep the bone tissue stimulated, which keeps it healthy. Dental bridges do not stimulate the jawbone. Because dental implants come with an artificial tooth root, they help your jawbone stay stronger and healthier. If you want your jawbone to say healthier, you want a dental implant.
Here, dental implants have the edge. How long a dental restoration lasts depends on several factors like how often you brush and your diet. That said, most dental bridges last 10 years or so. Dental implants normally last 20 years or longer. If you want a restoration that lasts a long time, you want a dental implant.
When it comes to the care you’ll need at home, they’re about even. No extra cleaning or maintenance is necessary with either restoration. You just brush normally. The only difference is that you cannot floss with a dental bridge since the bonding will get in the way. You can floss like usual with a dental implant.
Call us TODAY at 248-972-8720 or use our convenient online form to replace a missing tooth. Dr. Newingham has studied at the Kois Center and Spears Education, two prestigious dental schools for continuing education. This means you can get a dental bridge or dental implant safely, securely, and accurately at Newingham Dental Center.