Tips to Save a Tooth That is Knocked Out

Should You Get a Dental Bridge or an Implant?

Have a tooth that needs to be replaced, and you're considering all your different options? You may be deciding between a dental bridge or an implant, and not sure which is best. Here is what you should know about these two dental procedures so you can figure out the one that is the best fit for you.

1. Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is typically going to replace a missing tooth that is between two healthy teeth. This is because it uses the surrounding teeth to support the bridge. However, to install a bridge, the surrounding healthy teeth need to be prepared to support that bridge. This involved removing part of the healthy tooth so that a crown can be placed on top of it, which is what the dental bridge is attached to. 

What is great about the dental bridge process is that it is a fast way to replace a missing tooth. It only takes two visits to get the job done, which are only a couple of weeks apart. The only reason that there is a waiting period is that the bridge needs to be created to fit your mouth perfectly.

Some people do not like dental bridges because they are difficult to keep clean. You do need to floss underneath the bridge, which can be hard to do. Bridges also may need to be replaced in the future if they become damaged.

2. Dental Implants 

An implant will replace a missing tooth by installing a titanium root into the jawbone. They do not require any other teeth to support the implant, so they can even be used for real molars. Patients love dental implants because they are easy to keep clean over the years due to them acting like a natural tooth. An implant also can last a lifetime once it is installed and the health of the gums is maintained. Implants can help reduce bone loss because the titanium root actually stimulates the jawbone just as if it was a natural tooth.

However, an implant will be much more expensive than a dental bridge, and may not be covered by insurance. Dental implants also take a while to install, since it will take several months for the jawbone to heal around the implant and make the post ready for the final crown that is placed on the post. 

Talk to your dentist if you are still undecided about getting cosmetic dental bridges or implants. 

About Me

Tips to Save a Tooth That is Knocked Out

I love horses, and my family has kept them for years. One day, I was getting onto the saddle of my favorite horse, and I had a bad accident. My foot slipped as I was getting on her, and I fell. Thankfully, I didn't suffer any major injuries other than a tooth that was knocked out of my mouth. I had a great friend who helped me save it. She rinsed the tooth off in milk, and she had me hold it in my mouth after that until we arrived at the emergency dentist. He was able to stick it right back in! He placed a temporary splint in my mouth to keep the tooth in place until it healed. I am happy to say my tooth is perfect now! I created this blog let others know they can save a tooth that is knocked out if they act fast!

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