For tooth-loss sufferers in Phoenix and Glendale, dental implants and bridges both offer substantial relief: an improved smile, better speech and easier chewing. However, neither option is perfect for every person or every situation.

How do you decide which solution is right for you?

Dental implants are artificial, replacement tooth roots. They are fused with your jawbone, providing a sound foundation for a prosthetic tooth. A few benefits of dental implants are:

  • Realism: Dental implants look more natural, and feel better when chewing.
  • Strength: While dental bridges put stress on adjacent teeth, implants transfer chewing force to the jaw and maintain bone integrity.
  • Durability: Implants do not decay. Once an implant is secured, it will not need to be replaced.
  • Maintenance: Implants are cared for just like real teeth. They are brushed and flossed normally, without the need of specialized tools.

Dental bridges are fixed structures between two crowns that fill gaps between teeth. The procedure involves grinding adjacent teeth down to accommodate the necessary bridge-building crowns. Some advantages of bridges include:

  • Cost: Bridges require a smaller initial investment than implants. However, over time, the up-front savings can be offset by future care costs.
  • Speed: The procedure for treating tooth loss with a bridge usually only takes a few visits, and recovery time is typically much shorter than that of implants.
  • Ease: Bridges usually never require surgery.
  • Versatility: Dental implants require healthy bone for proper positioning, but bridges are often preferred in cases of significant jawbone loss or damage.

For Desert Smiles patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale, dental implants offer an ideal solution for tooth loss. Contact Implant Dentist Dr. Wilcox today by using the form at the top of this page, or call 602-978-1790 now to schedule your initial consultation.

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