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Bridge Versus Implant Controversy: Which Is Right For Me?

Bridge Versus Implant Controversy: Which Is Right For Me?

When a healthy set of teeth loses one of its members, it can ruin the most perfect of smiles and hurt one’s overall appearance.

Luckily, there are two great options your dentist can rely upon: a dental bridge and a dental implant. Which is better? It really depends on a variety of factors. Keep on reading to better understand the differences between the two solutions, and what the right choice might be for you.

What are dental bridges?

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A fixed dental bridge is a prosthesis (false tooth or teeth) that is cemented to adjoining teeth or implants, and cannot be removed like a denture.

Why get a bridge?

There are many good reasons to install a fixed bridge…

  • Bridges provide stability by preventing adjoining teeth from migrating to a different position.
  • Done right, they’ll match perfectly with your natural teeth for a great look.
  • Bridges are a cost-efficient option compared with implants.
  • A bridge procedure takes less time than one for an implant.
  • Unlike with some dental implant patients, bone grafting to build up the jaw is not necessary for a fixed bridge.

What are the downsides to bridges?

Compared with dental implants, there are some limitations…

  • Bridges reside above the gum line and, over time, may acquire harmful bacteria underneath the prosthesis. Diligent oral hygiene and care by a dentist is crucial.
  • Wear and tear on the bridge’s metal parts may require replacement or maintenance more often than for an implant.
  • To do its job, a bridge relies on firm placement of adjoining teeth. If those teeth become loose, another solution will have to be found.

And dental implants?

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A dental implant is a metallic screw or post placed into the jawbone, topped by a prosthetic tooth, or crown, that functions like a real one.

Why get an implant?

  • Implants are designed to give the jawbone stability without damaging teeth.
  • The crown is colored to match the rest of a patient’s teeth for a natural smile.
  • Implants are noiseless, unlike bridges, which have been known to make sounds from time to time as they move against the gums.
  • Bridges are often more noticeable than implants, so if you have a missing or damaged tooth near the front of the mouth, an implant may be the best option.
  • Implants help prevent the jawbone from deteriorating, since it prevents the bone and gums from shrinking due to the absence of a tooth.
  • Unlike a bridge, which needs to be replaced, implants can be expected to last a lifetime.

Dental implant downsides

  • Implants are typically much more expensive than a bridge, especially if more than one is required.
  • Implant surgery typically takes longer and requires several procedures to finish and can take months to heal, unlike bridges which rarely take more than a couple of weeks.

The bottom line…

Regardless of your choice, both bridges and implants can go a long way toward restoring your smile and making you feel comfortable with your teeth.

It’s important to understand the potential benefits and drawbacks of each procedure and to get as much information as possible.

It all varies from person to person, so be sure to consult your dental professional before any decision.

Extra! Hot Dental News You Can Use Right Now!

Extra! Hot Dental News You Can Use Right Now!

In this issue, a woman in search of a better smile orders a DIY veneer kit, only to (you guessed it) ruin her smile … shocking statistics on the world’s number one malady … plus, the latest on the dangers of vaping — could your smile go up in smoke?

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Tips To Make You A Smile Champ!

Tips To Make You A Smile Champ!

As dentists, we aim for all our patients to sport a bright, attractive, healthy smile.

But regardless how white, shiny and straight one’s teeth are, regrettably, many of us just don’t know how to smile most naturally and genuinely. That’s why our crack staff decided to search the Web for the best advice on how to bring out the best in your smile. Here are four videos to help you with that…

Video 1: How To Smile | Better You | from Howcast

Meet relationship-advice expert, Stephanie Florman, as she gives us her take on the most basic way to smile like the sun — a great intro to the topic of smiling!


Video 2: How To Smile | from wikiHow

Nothing like a how-to wiki for a simple, direct answer to whatever your question is. You may have heard some of this before, but there are some new ones — give a listen.


Communications expert, Mary Daphne, knows all about the difference between a mediocre smile and great one — she and her staff offer professional counseling on how to communicate more effectively. Hear to her seven ideas for a more natural smile…


Video 4: 6 Tips For A Natural Smile in Photos | Katrina Stacie

Let’s face it — these days, one of the most critical venues places for us to present a genuine smile is online. Meet L.A. native and educator, Katrina Stacie. She offers tips for smiling naturally and optimally when you’re being photographed. She also has a very soothing voice, so if you want to learn to smile and relax at the same time, watch this video…


Well, there you have it — four videos offering advice on how to refine your smile skills. Happy Smiling, and if you need cosmetic or restorative help with your smile, please do give us a call!

That’s Right, 5 Fun Historical Facts About Dentistry

That’s Right, 5 Fun Historical Facts About Dentistry

Believe it or not, dentistry has a colorful past! We scoured the history books for interesting highlights, and here’s what we found…

1. Tooth Worms – Say What?

Today, we of course know, tooth decay is mostly caused by plaque that sticks to the teeth and eats into enamel if not removed – but in many points in the historical record, humans have instead pointed the finger at the nefarious tooth worm.

They were referenced in Babylonian texts around 5,000 B.C., in Chinese texts around 1,500 B.C., in ancient Rome and during the Middle Ages, and in Mayan lore.

Such beliefs may be attributed to the actual fact that, when dissected, molars contain tube-like structures that may be interpreted as some form of worm. So there you have it.

2. “Open your mouth as say, how short do you want it?”


As early as the Bronze Age, the typical barber (you know, the person that cuts your hair) also acted as the friendly neighborhood dentist!

There were few alternatives – traditional medical doctors were not typically involved in anything but offering ineffective advice, and the rudiments of dentistry were not invented until Pierre Fauchard got it together in the 18th century.

If something was wrong with your tooth, the only effective treatment was to yank it out! That’s where the barber came in (don’t want to even think about it).

3. “The dentist is coming … the dentist is coming!”

When you think American Revolutionary War, you have to think of that great American hero, Paul Revere – but did you know that he had a day job? That’s right – Paul Revere was a dentist.

In fact, the revered Revolutionary War hero was a pioneer in dental forensics – able to ID his friend, Dr. Joseph Warren, by the dental bridge he had made for him.

4. The First Power Drills Were Powered by Feet

Among his other developments, John Greenwood, George Washington’s dentist, converted his mother’s spinning wheel into a foot-pedaled dentist’s drill. “Let the pains begin!”

5. “Man Escapes From Jail Using…!”

This doesn’t quite fit the mold of dental historical fact, but it’s a good one, so we included it…

In 1994, a convict at the South Central Regional Jail in South Charleston, West Virginia baffled everyone when he escaped by tossing a weight attached to a rope over the prison wall. What surprised everyone was what comprised the rope he left behind – DENTAL FLOSS!

That’s right folks, Robert Shepard somehow managed to get hold of 48 strands of mint-flavored dental floss, and braided rope “as thick as a telephone cord” to aid in his escape.  Whether the mint flavoring contributed to success of his efforts, we’ll never know.  Postscript: Shepard was captured two days later.

Stay tuned for more amazing dental facts. In the interim, if your appetite is whetted enough, watch this great documentary about the history of dentistry, from the BBC. And don’t forget to schedule your next dental checkup at our office. Cheerio!

Bridge Versus Implant Controversy: Which Is Right For Me?

Bridge Versus Implant Controversy: Which Is Right For Me?

When a healthy set of teeth loses one of its members, it can ruin the most perfect of smiles and hurt one’s overall appearance.

Luckily, there are two great options your dentist can rely upon: a dental bridge and a dental implant. Which is better? It really depends on a variety of factors. Keep on reading to better understand the differences between the two solutions, and what the right choice might be for you.

What are dental bridges?

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A fixed dental bridge is a prosthesis (false tooth or teeth) that is cemented to adjoining teeth or implants, and cannot be removed like a denture.

Why get a bridge?

There are many good reasons to install a fixed bridge…

  • Bridges provide stability by preventing adjoining teeth from migrating to a different position.
  • Done right, they’ll match perfectly with your natural teeth for a great look.
  • Bridges are a cost-efficient option compared with implants.
  • A bridge procedure takes less time than one for an implant.
  • Unlike with some dental implant patients, bone grafting to build up the jaw is not necessary for a fixed bridge.

What are the downsides to bridges?

Compared with dental implants, there are some limitations…

  • Bridges reside above the gum line and, over time, may acquire harmful bacteria underneath the prosthesis. Diligent oral hygiene and care by a dentist is crucial.
  • Wear and tear on the bridge’s metal parts may require replacement or maintenance more often than for an implant.
  • To do its job, a bridge relies on firm placement of adjoining teeth. If those teeth become loose, another solution will have to be found.

And dental implants?

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A dental implant is a metallic screw or post placed into the jawbone, topped by a prosthetic tooth, or crown, that functions like a real one.

Why get an implant?

  • Implants are designed to give the jawbone stability without damaging teeth.
  • The crown is colored to match the rest of a patient’s teeth for a natural smile.
  • Implants are noiseless, unlike bridges, which have been known to make sounds from time to time as they move against the gums.
  • Bridges are often more noticeable than implants, so if you have a missing or damaged tooth near the front of the mouth, an implant may be the best option.
  • Implants help prevent the jawbone from deteriorating, since it prevents the bone and gums from shrinking due to the absence of a tooth.
  • Unlike a bridge, which needs to be replaced, implants can be expected to last a lifetime.

Dental implant downsides

  • Implants are typically much more expensive than a bridge, especially if more than one is required.
  • Implant surgery typically takes longer and requires several procedures to finish and can take months to heal, unlike bridges which rarely take more than a couple of weeks.

The bottom line…

Regardless of your choice, both bridges and implants can go a long way toward restoring your smile and making you feel comfortable with your teeth.

It’s important to understand the potential benefits and drawbacks of each procedure and to get as much information as possible.

It all varies from person to person, so be sure to consult your dental professional before any decision.

Extra! Hot Dental News You Can Use Right Now!

Extra! Hot Dental News You Can Use Right Now!

In this issue, a woman in search of a better smile orders a DIY veneer kit, only to (you guessed it) ruin her smile … shocking statistics on the world’s number one malady … plus, the latest on the dangers of vaping — could your smile go up in smoke?

read more

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Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

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