Dental Bridges and Implants
When you have missing teeth, Dr. Raisch can help you decide the best course of treatment to replace them. An expert in dental restoration with many years of experience, he can explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different procedures, and help you decide which is best for you.
A bridge is a dental appliance that fills the space where a tooth is missing, replacing the missing tooth by securely fastening it to the healthy teeth on either side. Bridges are very stable, and help protect existing teeth. A bridge has a porcelain tooth that is sandwiched between two crowns. The crowns fit over the healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth.
Why a Bridge?
Spaces left by missing teeth affect the rest of your teeth. Your remaining teeth can shift out of place, changing your smile and how your teeth fit together. This can cause problems with chewing, and make your teeth harder to clean which leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
Dr Raisch uses various types of bridges, including non-metal bridges. He can place bridges with minimal tooth modification, leaving your healthy teeth basically intact.
A dental implant is commonly made of titanium and replaces the root of a missing tooth. Fastened securely in your jawbone, an implant forms a permanent anchor for your porcelain replacement tooth.
Dental implants are very strong with the bonus that they stop bone loss which occurs when a tooth is lost. The titanium post fuses with the bone preventing it from dissolving.
Implants are also excellent for stabilizing and securing dentures or partial dentures, which make them much more comfortable to wear.
When you choose a dental implant, Dr. Raisch will oversee your treatment to have the post surgically placed. He can then use CEREC one-visit technology to create your porcelain replacement tooth in a single visit. The cost of a dental implant is usually comparable to the cost of a three bridge, and implants are more durable, and likely to retain functionality for a longer period of time.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Permanently affixed to your jawbone so it won't loosen.
- Long-lasting, typically 25 or more years.
- Stops bone loss in your jaw.
- Keeps you looking younger by preventing shrinkage of jaw bone.
- Strong and stable, you can eat anything you want to.
- Feels and looks just like a natural tooth.
- No need to use healthy teeth to anchor the tooth in place.
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Are you a candidate for dental implants?
You need to be in good general and oral health, and have adequate bone in your jaw to support an implant. If you have suffered from bone loss, you may still be able to get implants, but you may need a special bone-grafting procedure to rebuild enough bone.
Dr. Raisch can evaluate you to see if you are a candidate for dental bridges or implants. Call (614) 267-5413 to or click here to request an appointment online.