Choosing the Right Procedure: Dental Implants, All on Four Dental Implants, Crowns or Bridges
Thanks to advancements in dental technology, you now have multiple options for treating your misaligned or damaged teeth so that you can get a healthy, beautiful smile.
Yet you may find that you have so many options that you aren’t sure which to choose. Should you get a dental implant? Or would a crown be better?
The best way to know for sure is to talk with your Glendale AZ dentist about your particular needs and the goals you want to accomplish. However, reading up on the options before your visit can help you have a better idea of what you might like and help you formulate the right questions to ask.
Here’s a brief overview of the difference between popular restorative dental options, such as dental implants, crowns and bridges:
Dental implants in Glendale can be used to replace teeth that have fallen out, are rotting, or are misshapen.
An implant has the same shape and color of your natural tooth, and it can be implanted directly into the gum and bone. The implant is locked squarely in place, and it won’t shift while eating or talking. That also means that you don’t have to remove it to clean it. You can treat an implant the same way you would your natural tooth.
Implants are usually the solution of choice for those who have lost a tooth to injury or gum disease.
All-on-Four Dental Implants
If you have gum disease, chances are good that more than one tooth has been affected. All-on-four dental implants offer the ability to replace all or most of your teeth.
These dental implants are similar to denture in that they have a full row of teeth on a single arch. However, unlike dentures, they are not removable. The arch is anchored to the jaw through four screws — thus giving these implants their name.
Like singular dental implants, Glendale all-on-four dental implants have the benefit of providing a permanent solution with lower maintenance. These implants also require shorter treatment times than some other popular procedures, and they cost much less.
Crowns are a great option for those who want to improve the shape and symmetry of their smile.
For example, if you have a chipped tooth or you have teeth that are pointy and slim compared to the surrounding teeth, you can get crowns to create a smooth and even appearance to your smile.
Crowns are like little caps for your teeth — which gives them the name “crown.” Some people also refer to them as “caps.” The Glendale dental crown is cemented over the tooth, and it completely covers the tooth down to the gum line so that it is not distinguishable from your teeth.
Crowns are also able to strengthen teeth, which can serve a preventive purpose as well.
Bridges are often used to treat the same issues as dental implants.
A bridge is a small section of teeth that is used to replace missing teeth. The piece attaches to the surrounding teeth, which it uses as an anchor. The attachments are crowns that fit over the two teeth flanking the gap.
While dental bridges Glendale are meant to be a sturdy and long-lasting solution, they are not as sturdy as dental implants. They use the surrounding teeth for their stability rather than being inserted directly into the jaw bone like implants. That means that they are reliant on the health and stability of the surrounding teeth.
All of these dental treatments provide great options for correcting your smile. The right choice depends on your personal goals and preferences, as well as the specifics of your current oral health. Your dentist can perform a thorough evaluation and let you know what treatment options are appropriate, explaining the pros and cons of each.
Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead in Glendale Arizona offers all of these dental treatment options. We find that many patients prefer the stability and ease of maintenance that dental implants provide, but crowns and bridges may be more appropriate in some situations. Our friendly North Phoenix dentists will help you understand all your options so that you can get the beautiful smile you want. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our restorative dental services.
17100 N 67th Ave, Suite 500
Glendale, Arizona 85308
Phone: (623) 979-1515
Fax: (623) 878-1811
Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm