Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants

Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges are anchored using crown “caps” that are placed over the adjacent teeth, holding your dental restoration securely in place.

Dental bridges are a practical and effective tooth replacement method, but they do not address the issue of bone loss and jaw shrinkage, which occurs whenever a tooth is missing. This means that over time, your bridge will need to be adjusted or replaced to adapt to changes in your jaw’s structure.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are secured directly into your jawbone, where they serve as a strong foundation for your dental restorations. Dental implants offer a number of advantages over other forms of tooth replacement, including:

  • No reliance on adjacent teeth for support
  • The strongest and most reliable hold of restorations
  • No risk of slipping or falling out
  • Complete restoration of strength and beauty

In addition, dental implants prevent jaw shrinkage by replacing the missing tooth’s root, stimulating bone growth in the area. For these reasons and more, dental implants are the preferred option for tooth replacement among dentists and patients alike.

Dental implants can also be used to support a dental bridge.

If you have further questions about dental bridges or dental implants, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced Omaha general dentistry team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

How Does Gum Disease Affect General Health?

Many people tend to ignore problems with their teeth and gums, assuming that any dental health issues they have will remain isolated in the mouth. This is not true. Recent studies have revealed an increasing amount of evidence supporting a strong link between periodontal (gum) disease and your general health.

For example, the inflammation and infection brought about by periodontal disease can also cause problems in the rest of the body, such as:

  • A weakened ability to control blood sugar (insulin)
  • Greater vulnerability to infection in other areas of the body
  • Increased risk of heart problems (since inflammation can raise blood pressure)

Nearly 91% of all patients with heart disease have periodontitis.

Additionally, researchers are examining the role that gum disease may play in pregnancy, since infection and inflammation – no matter where it is located in the body – can interfere with the development of a fetus in the womb. This, combined with natural hormonal changes during pregnancy, can potentially increase a woman’s risk of problems during pregnancy.

If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, it’s important to be diagnosed and t treated by an experienced Nebraska general dentist before it progresses to the point where it affects your overall health.

If you have further questions about gum disease or dental health, please contact The Dentists today to schedule an appointment with our experienced Nebraska general dentists. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee, Omaha.