Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges have been the most commonly sought after solutions for dental related problems. These solutions work really well for the majority of patients, especially when the dental patient is on a budget or has a narrow scoped insurance coverage. However, a new technology of dental implants is growing in its practice in the recent years. This technology has greater benefits for the average dental patient because the solution, though more costly than the average bridge up front, carries far longer termed benefits. In order to assess what procedure is best to fit each patient’s needs, it is important to consider the good, the bad and the ugly parts of the process and decide if the procedure is right for the patient on an individual basis.
The Good: First of all dental implants are a long term, permanent solution; something any dental patient can appreciate for it carries the valid assumption that there won’t be a need to worry about that tooth ever being a problem again. Implants also require less maintenance by a dental professional than a crown or a bridge would, as those run the risk of getting loose or become completely dislodged depending on the patient’s eating and maintenance habits. Cleaning and maintenance are the same from the patient’s perspective, though the dental implant will give you a more natural looking smile and of course boost the patient’s confidence than a bridge ever would. If the patient requires multiple replacements, implants are a more stable solution than a multiple tooth bridge. Patients can also use 3 implants for a four-tooth removable denture as a more stable solution than regular dentures in the case the patient does not want to have four separate implants.
The Bad and the Ugly: Dental implants are a lengthy process that can take upwards six months to be completed. The procedure involves placing a screw into the jaw bone, sutures to the gums, and the use of a temporary crown while the sutures heal and the jaw bone forms around the screw. The process is more invasive and costly than a bridge or a crown which also means that the healing time from the procedure takes longer than a crown or bridge.
Knowing the basic differences can narrow down what option works best for each you as a patient. Consulting more than one dental health professional will also give you more detailed information should you need considering options when replacing more than one tooth since multiple replacements will require more implants than a removable denture would, for instance. Having multiple opinions can also help you decide which dentist will be best for you.
Implants are the best long term, least maintenance required solution in most instances. The health of the implant-adjacent teeth, however, will be detrimental to your ability to receive an implant well; something any trained dental professional will be able to point out to you. While the cost of an implant is greater both monetarily and in recovery time; the benefits far outweigh these in the long run.