A Dental Implant Or A 3-Unit Bridge

Which Is Right For You?


Why Dental Implants?

Everyone deserves a beautiful smile. With the tremendous advances in esthetic dentistry, there’s no reason to put up with anything less. With Nobel Biocare implants and Procera Crowns, a missing tooth can now be easily, comfortably, and beautifully replaced.


Single Tooth Implant
The State-of-the-Art Solution

Dental implants often provide a more advanced replacement technology for a missing tooth than a traditional bridge. Dental implants eliminate need for grinding down healthy teeth.

Key Attributes:

  • Preserves teeth - no grinding on adjacent teeth
  • Bone integrity is preserved for long-lasting esthetics
  • Long-term solution - often for life

Considerations:

  • Slightly higher cost than a bridge

Dental implants are small metal screws designed specifically to replace your natural tooth root. Manufactured from titanium, dental implants provide a highly biocompatible surface, encouraging bone to attach to the implant during the healing process to ensure long-term results.

Dental implants create stimulation to the underlying bone, enhancing longterm esthetics. Restoring your tooth with all-ceramic components (crown and abutment) can result in a beautiful, natural-looking, translucent tooth, just like the rest of your teeth.

Are You Interested In A Dental Implant or 3-Unit Bridge?

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3-Unit Bridge
The Traditional Option

Historically, a bridge was used to replace a single missing tooth. Bridges are constructed of metal sub-frames with tooth-colored porcelain applied to approximate the natural color of your existing teeth.

Key Attributes:

  • Slightly less expensive
  • Restores chewing function
  • Acceptable esthetics

Considerations:

  • Requires grinding down of healthy adjacent teeth
  • Potential for increased risk to the prepared teeth
  • Bone resorption causes a gap between your tooth and your gum over time
  • Limited life span
  • May contain metal; possible allergic reaction

Bridges use the teeth on either side of your missing tooth to provide support for the artificial tooth that fills in the space where your natural tooth is missing.

The goal of the bridge is to restore chewing function and achieve an acceptable esthetic outcome. Unfortunately, bone under the replacement tooth is no longer stimulated by chewing and is often reabsorbed into the body, creating a slowly growing gap between the replacement tooth and the gums.


Why Choose An Implant Or 3-Unit Bridge?

Keep Looking Younger

When you lose your teeth, your jawbone can shrink - making you look older. Implants help prevent this process.

Eat Whatever You Want

Like natural teeth, your new teeth are strong, stable, and secure, so you can comfortably eat all your favorite foods.

A Life-long Solution

Nobel Biocare dental implants are a long-lasting solutions - often for life.

A Happier Life

Beautiful new teeth can give you back the confidence you may have lost. They can transform your life!