Harrell Dental Implant Center is Charlotte’s premier dental restoration center. Dr. Robert Harrell and his outstanding team understand that function and aesthetics are equally important when it comes to your smile; they give you the best of both. If missing or damaged teeth have left you with a compromised smile, they can help. Undergo a comprehensive oral consultation at the state-of-the-art HDIC facility and learn the best way to have your smile upgraded. If you need multiple teeth replaced, a dental implant bridge is your best restorative option — far better than the traditional crown and bridge method.
Disadvantages of Traditional Bridges
- Requires enamel removal of adjacent teeth
- If adjacent teeth have crowns, they must be redone
- Tooth decay is potential problem
- Root canal treatment may be required if nerves are affected
- Greater tendency for gum disease
- Less longevity than implants
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Esthetic, functional, predictable, reliable
- Does not affect adjacent teeth
- Does not decay
- Less likely to develop gum disease
For purposes of this discussion, teeth basically have two main parts; the crown is the part you see in the mouth, and the root is the part that is encased in bone and keeps the tooth in place. A dental implant is actually a root replacement, and unlike the root of a tooth, it is actually fused to the bone of the jaw. A crown is attached to the implant and in effect it becomes a stand-alone tooth, functioning and appearing just like the natural tooth you have lost. The basic prerequisites for a successful implant include: a sufficient quantity and quality of bone to anchor or support the implant, the adjacent teeth and gums are healthy and the quality of the adjacent teeth will allow for a natural-looking cosmetic result.
By contrast, a fixed bridge is a restoration or prosthesis (replacement part), that is fixed in place by attaching to the natural adjacent teeth. The tooth to be replaced is called a “pontic” after the French “pont” for bridge. The adjacent teeth, called abutments, just like a bridge spanning a river or canyon, provide support on either side. The way that the bridge attaches is that the abutment teeth are “prepared” by removing the enamel layer and are replaced by crowns (caps) to which the false tooth (pontic) is attached. Read more at Dear Doctor
Grinding Down Healthy Teeth For A Crown
Yes, you read that right — a traditional bridge requires destroying neighboring teeth to provide anchor points for the appliance. Obviously, any treatment that requires breaking down perfectly healthy teeth to repair damaged teeth is less than optimal. Plus, the bands that secure traditional bridges to these ground down teeth become a magnet for food debris that promotes decay. Harrell Dental Implant Center can help you avoid all of these issues with a dental implant bridge.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place. Additional info at WebMD
Have The Brilliant Smile You Deserve
There are several implant options that can used to replace missing or damaged teeth. If you are ready to boost your self-esteem and have the smile you deserve, call Harrell Dental Implant Center and schedule your free consultation appointment. Discuss the procedure options and get answers to your questions or concerns.
Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the site to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.