When deciding on a restorative solution it is important to look at all of your options to help you decide on the best option that works for you. A common question patients face is if they should choose a dental bridge or dental implants when they are looking for a tooth replacement solution. Both are restorative solutions for missing teeth, and it is helpful to understand the differences. At Adkins Family Dentistry in Wheat Ridge, CO, we provide our patients with a thorough consultation to examine their teeth & mouth and will discuss the differences between all of the restorative options available. Our staff works closely with our patients to help choose the best solution.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to one or more neighboring teeth also known as abutment teeth. Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by dental implants. The false teeth are in-between and are called pontics.

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

During your first appointment at our dental office in Wheat Ridge, CO we prepare the neighboring teeth. The preparation for a bridge involves removing part of the enamel to allow room for the crown. The crowns are placed over the neighboring teeth. Impressions of your teeth are taken to make the bridge in the lab, and temporary bridges are used while you wait for your permanent bridge.

Patients return to the office, and we remove the temporary bridge to prepare for the permanent bridge. The new bridge is installed, and we check to make sure the bridge is comfortable, and the perfect fit. Patients may have to return to our office again to ensure the bridge is working well with your bite. Once we know the bridge fits properly we will cement the bridge in place.

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How Long Will Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges last around 10-15 years. Bridges do involve using some of your natural teeth, and this can cause your bridge to fail over time. The teeth around the bridge are still vulnerable to decay and disease which can attribute to the life of the bridge. Patients must practice good oral hygiene habits at home to keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Dr. Adkins, our dentist in Wheat Ridge, CO recommend brushing twice a day and flossing to ensure you carefully clean around both the false and natural teeth. Visiting our office regularly can help to keep your teeth clean, and your bridge looking and feeling great.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

  • Surgery is not required
  • Dental bridges tend to be less costly compared to implants
  • Jawbone density is not an issue with bridges
  • Overall the bridge procedure is less invasive compared to dental implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Implants are a permanent solution for patients that have missing, broken, or damaged teeth. They are durable, and act similar to a screw that is placed into the jawbone. The screw acts like an artificial tooth root, and provides a strong base for one or more artificial teeth. Implants require a healing period to give the implant time to fuse to the jawbone. This process allows the implant to function just like a natural tooth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants require multiple appointments in our dental clinic in Wheat Ridge, CO and the process takes a few months. The first step involves placing the implant into the patient’s jawbone. Once this is done there is a healing period where we must give the implant time to fuse to the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration.

Part of our implant evaluation process is to determine if the patient has adequate bone in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to give patients the bone required to provide the necessary support. Once the healing process is complete the patient returns to our office, and an abutment or connector is placed on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured to the implant. Custom crowns are made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. Temporary crowns may be used while patients wait for the permanent crowns to be installed.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are durable and last upwards of 25 years, or a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Implants are built out of titanium, and provide patients with a permanent solution for missing teeth. Caring for dental implants is like caring for natural teeth, and Dr. Adkins recommend practicing good oral hygiene habits at home to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental implants are long lasting, and are a permanent restorative solution
  • Easy to care for
  • Implants function like natural teeth
  • Chewing power is restored with dental implants
  • Speech and overall appearance are improved
  • Patients can eat all the foods they normally would with implants
  • Dental Implants tend to cost more, but are a good investment because they are built to last
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Looking for a Dentist to Provide Dental Implants or Dental Bridges Near You?

Choosing the best restorative option is a big decision, and our team is here to help. Our consultation process will answer all of your questions, and we will discuss what option may work best for you. We want our patients to be proud of their smile, and our team works to give patients the highest level of care. At Adkins Family Dentistry, we welcome our patients in a comfortable and relaxing environment using state of the art technology. Creating beautiful smiles is what we do, and we take pride in giving patients a smile they can be proud of.

If you are interested in finding out more about your restorative options such as dental implants or dental bridges, please contact Dr. Adkins today to schedule your consultation.

Dental Implants - Adkins Family Dentist

If you deal with the subject of dentures, sooner or later you will stumble across dental implants. Most people are familiar with the term implant and many can imagine it more or less. But that’s not enough for us.

We want you to understand exactly what a dental implant is, what it does, how it is constructed and what advantages and disadvantages it offers.

This understanding should help you if you ever have to decide whether you want an implant or would prefer to use other types of dentures.

So let’s start with the basics:

What Exactly is a Dental Implant?

First of all, a dental implant is a form of fixed dentures that is implanted in the jawbone. It replaces a missing or badly damaged tooth and is technically referred to as an endosseous implant (implant sitting in the bone).

The Detailed Structure of a Dental Implant

The structure of the dental implant depends entirely on what type of denture it should be worn later. If the implant is to wear a single crown or an implant bridge, it consists of three different parts, the implant body already mentioned in point 1, the abutment and the implant crown.

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Types of Dental Implants

So far, we have mainly treated two-part implants, which are used as standard nowadays because they are more adaptable and versatile. They consist of the implant body and the superstructure, i.e. either a crown, bridge or prosthesis.

  1. Standard dental implants
  2. Short dental implants
  3. Orthodontic implants / TAD
  4. Disk implants / BOI implants

Materials for Dental Implants

Technological progress also includes the materials that are used to manufacture a dental implant. Materials that were still used 20 years ago can now be replaced by modern alternatives. Two materials are used most frequently: titanium and ceramic.

Who are Dental Implants Suitable for?

The good news is that almost every patient fulfills the requirements for a dental implant and therefore hardly anyone has to do without it. However, there are some limitations, which in most cases can be easily resolved. A basic prerequisite for successful implantation is that there is sufficient bone substance, which is problematic for patients with a very narrow jaw or generally little bone substance.

Before the implantation, a bone structure will therefore be required so that the implant can be firmly anchored in the jaw. Smoking, diabetes and a weak immune system are risk factors that must be taken into account when planning the implant, but do not definitely rule out treatment.

Dental Implants Type

Special attention must also be paid to osteoporosis patients who take medications with the active ingredient biophosphonate. This active substance affects the healing process of the implant, which is essential for the following steps. An implant is therefore suitable for almost every patient, although in some cases special factors must be taken into account, which do not make the procedure impossible.

It does not matter whether only one tooth or all teeth need to be replaced, since implantology provides treatment methods for both cases.