If you have a missing tooth or need to have a tooth pulled, you have several options for replacing the tooth. Missing teeth can lead to secondary oral health complications and that is why Dr. Jacob Grapevine recommends replacing missing teeth as soon as possible to prevent damage to the bone or gum structure and neighboring teeth. During a comprehensive evaluation and consultation, Dr. Grapevine will review your options and help you make the best selection to fit your long term goals.
Options for replacing missing teeth include:
Dental Bridge vs. Implant: What To Consider
One of the most important differences between a dental bridge vs. implant is that a dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In fact, most people forget they have a dental implant. Dental implants are an extremely conservative solution and present the least number of problems in the future.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth depending on the individual case. Though there is a significant initial investment with dental implants, they will last a lifetime and require little to no cost for follow up maintenance.
Dental Bridges in Plano, TX
There are several types of dental bridges and Dr. Grapevine can help you choose which is right for you:
A removable dental bridge is usually only recommended for patients who need a short term solution to maintain tooth position while they are preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant.
For a fixed dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. One of the caveats of a dental bridge is that it places stress on the natural teeth. Particularly if they are healthy teeth, this is of concern because it causes wear and can lead to the formation of cavities.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
Dr. Grapevine will recommend an implant-supported bridge to replace several consecutively missing teeth. A dental bridge is traditionally secured using prepared adjacent teeth. When using teeth implants, there is no need to use healthy teeth as support. The dental bridge will be permanently secured in place which helps to preserve the healthy adjacent teeth. Dr. Grapevine will create a customized treatment plan considering how many teeth you are missing and the location.
The first step in the dental implant supported bridge process is the surgical implantation of the implants. Dr. Grapevine will coordinate this part of the process with a local oral surgeon or periodontist who will work off the treatment plan. It will take about three to six months for the implants to completely heal and fuse with your jawbone. During this time, Dr. Grapevine will take impressions of your mouth and teeth. That will be used to create your dental bridge. Once you are fully healed, you will return to our Plano, TX dentist office where Dr. Grapevine will place the bridge. Implants provide more structural support for the jaw and bite and need less maintenance.