Professional Articles

Dental Implants vs. Fixed Bridges

By Joseph Preziosi Jr., DMD

Osseointegated implants are rapidly becoming the standard of care for replacing missing teeth, thus relegating all other treatment options to some type of compromise. As a quick overview an implant has three major components.

Advantages Of Implants Vs Fixed Bridges

The first component is the fixture that is surgically placed in the jaw and osseointegrates with the jawbone to produce a stable replacement for the root of the tooth. The component is the abutment that is screw retained to the fixture and allows for a sufficient super gingival (above the gum line) platform for the prosthesis to be fabricated to and retained to either by a screw or cement. The final component is the prosthesis itself whether it’s a single crown or an abutment for a fixed restoration.

Dental Implants

By Sherril Steele-Carlin

Did you know that approximately 105 million Americans have missing teeth?  That's according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA), and that's a lot of Americans who have a little less reason to smile.

Luckily, dental implants are an alternative to traditional and costly bridgework in a lot of patients. While they are definitely high-tech, dental implants actually save more teeth and are more effective than traditional bridgework because they don't rely on adjacent teeth for support.

Gentle Dentistry: NOT an Oxymoron

By Jonathan Berohn

All right - first I feel like I should disclose my bias about dentists. Simply put, I'm convinced that dentists are, by and large, medieval. And by medieval I don't mean chivalrous. I mean that they wouldn't have a very hard time finding work in, say, Spain during the inquisition. We're talking the rack and iron maiden here.

Ok, Ok, maybe some of this comes from fear. I'll admit it - I don't like going to the dentist. But I don't think that's simply a coincidence. And maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but think about all the changes you've seen at the doctor's office since you were a kid. Now think about the progress at your dentist's office. Exactly.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are a long term treatment for replacing missing tooth structure when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure remaining to support a filling. This can be caused by caries (tooth decay), tooth fractures, lost fillings, traumatic injuries, or a combination of these and other factors.