Essenmacher Family Dental

Here’s The Difference Between A Dental Implant And A Fixed Dental Bridge

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At Essenmacher Family Dental, our top Albuquerque cosmetic dentist assesses your oral health to make sure you’re a good candidate for the tooth restoration option that you choose.

And when it comes to tooth loss, you have more options today than ever before. Two restoration choices that our  patients have raved about are dental implants and fixed dental bridges.

These restoration options are similar—in the sense that they provide seamless smiles—but the process is different.

Dental Implants Are the Gold Standard in Tooth Restoration

It’s true that a dental implant is the most life-like tooth restoration around. They offer an affixed or permanent solution to tooth loss, and they look and feel like natural teeth. The process begins with implant placement.

In our Albuquerque, NM dental office, our skilled Northeast Heights dentist surgically implants a thin titanium post into your jaw. This post fuses with your jawbone over a period of months and acts as a root for your tooth restoration.

This restoration is carefully colored and shaped to match the surrounding teeth. Additionally, if you have complete tooth loss, a few dental implant posts can support a new arch of these life-like tooth restorations.

A Fixed Dental Bridge for a Less Invasive Approach

A fixed dental bridge is a placeholder for teeth that are missing.

A dental bridge means we place crowns on healthy adjacent teeth, and the middle section holds an artificial tooth. Following this, a crown is placed to give a seamless smile.

Our Albuquerque, NM dentist relies on CEREC technology to render artistically your dental bridge restoration from a single piece of porcelain.

Contact Our Dental Office in Albuquerque, NM

If you’re considering dental restorations in the Albuquerque or Northeast Heights areas, the team at Essenmacher Family Dental is standing by to schedule your assessment today with our leading cosmetic dentist.