Choosing whether to replace missing teeth with a dental bridge or a dental implant is a big decision. Cost, of course, is a concern, but also the actual procedure. What does it entail? How long is recovery? Will you be uncomfortable or have to be on a special diet after the procedure? How can you find a doctor with experience, training, and a great track record, as well as one who’ll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and make you feel confident, comfortable, and well cared for during your procedure?
As a periodontist, Dr. Ann Kania is a dental specialist who offers complete dental implant placement. Whether you need one tooth replaced or you’d like to secure a bridge, partial, or denture with implants, Dr. Kania will be happy to answer your questions and discuss treatment options with you.
There are many differences between implants and traditional bridges, and to make an informed decision, you need to weigh the pros, cons, benefits, and procedures for each.
In short, a traditional bridge is a dental prosthetic featuring a row of one or more replacement teeth set between crowns. The crowns, called abutment crowns, are permanently secured to teeth that reside on either side of the space left by missing teeth. There are two “fixed” options to replace missing teeth. Fixed options are not removed by the patient. A bridge is a permanent, non-removable dental prosthetic – and so is a dental implant. The difference is, an implant does not attach to existing teeth. Like a natural tooth, a dental implant anchors into the jaw. So, while placing an implant requires a surgery, the procedure does not require permanently altering adjacent teeth.
To speak with Dr. Kania directly, or to schedule a consultation, call 760-642-0711. Her Encinitas periodontist office serves patients from San Diego’s North County area; including those from Carlsbad, Leucadia, La Costa, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Carmel Valley.