If you are missing one or more teeth, there are a few options that you can choose from to restore the look and function of your teeth. Dental implants and dental bridges are two of the most popular tooth restoration options for missing teeth in Pittsburgh.
A dental bridge is made of one or more false teeth, known as pontics, that are set between two abutment crowns. These false teeth are made out of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic. These crowns can be attached either to your natural healthy teeth or to dental implants.
Dental bridges are a great treatment option when the teeth surrounding your missing tooth already have a crown attached to them or could use crowns. The dental bridge utilizes your existing natural tooth roots to attach that bridge and fill in the gaps between them.
Dental implants are made from titanium posts that are then fitted with dental crowns. Once the post is placed, it will fuse with the jawbone tissue through a process called osseointegration. After this process, the crown is attached to the abutment or a small metal device, completing the dental implant.
With dental implants, we can restore one or more teeth. Dental implants have an advantage over the bridge since there is no potential for damage to the surrounding teeth.
Dental implants also protect the jawbone. If you are looking for a way to replace a missing tooth while protecting your existing natural teeth, then dental implants are the way to go.
At South Hills Dental Arts, we specialize in restorative dental procedures like dental implants to help you regain the natural look and functionality of your smile. Contact us today to get started on your new smile!