Nicole E Pagonis DDS
Dentistry in Los Gatos, CA

How do dental implants compare with bridges?

Have you considered dental implants or dental bridges in Los Gatos, CA?

The Importance of Treating Tooth Loss 

Tooth loss can have a devastating impact on your self-esteem, making it difficult to laugh and smile with confidence. But did you also know that tooth loss can lead to oral health complications?

The oral health complications associated with tooth loss include tooth migration—teeth shifting toward smile gaps—which throws off your bite. A misaligned bite may lead to tooth wear, fractures, and even future cavities.

Missing teeth also influence jawbone health. Without the stimulation of tooth roots, the bone shrinks. This leaves you with a hollow or sunken appearance around the lower face.

Fortunately, we offer tooth replacement in our dental office, including dental implants and dental bridges.

Dental Implants and Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a restorative tooth housed between dental crowns. The crowns cover the tooth to the left and right of your smile gap, while the restorative tooth fills the space. This is a fixed restoration, and it requires a few additional oral care steps, including a floss threader.

A dental implant in Los Gatos, CA is a replacement root that may stimulate your jawbone to prevent deterioration. After the implant integrates with the jawbone, we top it with a quality dental crown. A dental implant is a fixed restoration, and it does not require additional oral care steps.

The key differences between the bridge and dental implant are cost, longevity, and functionality. The bridge is often less expensive, but the dental implant may last longer and function more like a natural tooth.

Reach Out to Your Los Gatos Dentist Today

You can learn more about tooth replacement at your consultation. Call our dental office today to schedule.

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