Dentist in Peoria compares bridges versus dental implants for tooth replacement


A dentist is a professional who is available to help patients with a myriad of dental health concerns. This includes preventative care as well as cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry. Drs. Jeffrey Whitson and Gary Cunningham of J.S. Whitson, LTD are dentists in the Peoria Heights, Illinois area ready and willing to assist patients with restorative solutions such as dentures, bridges, and dental implants.


Many patients who are interested in permanent tooth replacement options are often trying to decide between bridges and dental implants. Both of these are permanent, non-removable solutions to missing one or more teeth. However, they each have their pros and cons which need to be considered when determining which is best.


Dental Bridges


A dental bridge is a restoration made of false teeth called pontics and dental crowns fused to each end for anchoring into the smile. Dental bridges require minimal care and attention, though they need to be cleaned underneath to ensure periodontal disease and cavities do not develop. A bridge is made of ceramic, a material that is durable and beautiful, closely resembling the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Bridges are fabricated at an outside laboratory with the use of impressions and are bonded into place by a dentist.


Dental Implants


Dental implants are considered the gold standard for permanent tooth replacement. These restorations are made of titanium metal and look like a small screw. The implant is placed into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery and stimulates the growth of bone around it to solidify it in place. Dental implants are restored with crowns, dentures, or bridges, depending on the needs of the patient. With proper care throughout the years, patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime.


Visiting J.S. Whitson, LTD is the first step in learning more about tooth replacement options. Our team of professionals, including Dr. Jeffrey Whitson and Dr. Gary Cunningham, can assist patients in determining what method of replacement is right for them during a physical evaluation. Their practice can be reached by calling (309) 688-7321 or visiting their facility at 924 E. Glen Avenue in Peoria Heights, Illinois.

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