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Dental bridges vs. Dental Implants, Medford, What’s Right for You?

August 5, 2015

Woman smiling with dental implants from giamberardino dental careDental bridges are tried and tested. The first dental bridge was used 1000s of years ago as jewelry! In 700 BCE, the Etruscans adorned their teeth and filled in gaps with precious metals to display their wealth. Many people think that dental implants are a relatively new smile restoration option by comparison, but actually the Mayans who lived only 100 years later used sea shells, jade, and other human or animal teeth for restoration. Despite the rudimentary methods, these implant procedures were actually quite successful. Skulls discovered in recent years show that these materials fused with the bone, and the bond has lasted long after the patient’s death. So, how’s a modern patient to choose? Dr. Anthony Giamberardino and his Medford, MA team are here to help you choose the restoration method that’s right for you, but first, we recommend finding out more about each treatment. Call to schedule a tooth replacement evaluation and consultation today.

Don’t Burn that Dental Bridge

A dental bridge sometimes called a crown and bridge is fairly simple. To replace a missing tooth, a replacement “bridge” tooth is made. This tooth is supported by two crowns that are then placed on the surrounding teeth. The end result is a complete smile you’ll be proud to share. Bridges are effective to replace between 1 and 3 consecutive missing teeth. For more missing teeth or nonconsecutive missing teeth, other dental restorations may be a better option. Giamberardino Dental Care patients who are concerned about diminished gum tissue or jawbone density, may wish to consider dental implants.

The Facts About Dental Implants, Somerville

Dental implants are a little more complicated than the basic bridge, but for long term results, they can’t be matched. The first step of the process is planning the placement for the implant. A dental implant is a titanium post that resembles a screw. This post is surgically placed below the gum line to provide support for your replacement teeth. Dr. Giamberardino will examine your teeth, plan the placement for the implant, and take impressions for your dental prosthetic that will be crafted at our dental lab. A trusted oral surgeon will place the implant, and once the site has healed, you will return to have your replacement prosthetic attached. Dental implants do not effect surrounding teeth, look and function like natural teeth, and because the root is also replaced you’ll retain gum tissue and jawbone density as well. Additionally, dental implants are more versatile than traditional crown and bridge replacement because they can be used to replace 1 tooth, several teeth, or a full arch. However, placing dental implants is a surgical procedure and not all patients are good candidates for implant surgery. During your tooth replacement evaluation, Dr. Giamberardino will work with you to determine whether implants are a good fit for your tooth replacement needs.

Call for Dental Implants Winchester, MA Trusts

The best way to make a decision about tooth replacement is to come see us. Dr. Giamberardino and his team want to help you make the best possible choice to restore your smile. Call to schedule an evaluation and consultation today. Our friendly team in Medford, MA welcomes patients from surrounding areas including Winchester, Somerville, Malden, and Everett.

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