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Dental Implants vs. Bridges

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The loss of even one tooth can negatively impact your quality of life. For example, tooth loss can make speaking and eating more challenging. It can also alter your appearance and oral health.

At Amber Hills Dental, we offer a variety of tooth replacement solutions to restore your smile! In this blog post, we discuss dental implants and dental bridges.

Dental Implants

A dental implant consists of a small titanium post and an artificial tooth. The process begins with a consultation. We will discuss your dental needs, smile goals, and budget, and evaluate your jawbone strength. A strong jawbone is necessary to support the implants.

If you are a good candidate for implants and you decide to move forward with the procedure, we can surgically implant the post into your jawbone. Over time, this replacement tooth root will fuse with your jawbone. After you've healed, we will attach a connecting piece and complete the implant with a restoration, such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

Implants closely resemble the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. An implant is a permanent tooth replacement solution because it fuses with your jawbone to replace the root of your lost tooth. This means it prevents potential degeneration of your jawbone.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a set of artificial teeth that fills in the gap left by a missing tooth. There are different types of bridges. One missing tooth can be replaced by a bridge anchored with dental crowns fitted over the neighboring natural teeth. An implant-supported bridge can replace multiple teeth in a row.

Traditional bridges are an affordable tooth replacement option and noninvasive. This means there’s no surgery involved.

How to Choose a Tooth Replacement Solution

The right tooth replacement option for you depends on factors like your oral health and budget. Implants, bridges, and dentures each have pros and cons, which our team will discuss with you during your consultation.

If you have questions about our tooth replacement options at Amber Hills Dental, your dentist in Henderson, NV, please contact us today! We'd be thrilled to restore your smile.