Dental Implants Bethesda and Washington, DC
Dental Implants in the Bethesda and Washington, DC area
When a tooth requires replacement there is a choice to be made, as both an implant and a bridge will be able to replace the tooth. As with everything, both options come with pros and cons. Dr. Israel Puterman, an experienced periodontist in the Bethesda and Washington, DC area, will discuss your individual options during your consultation.
Not only are implants a long-term cost savings, they come with several other advantages:
- Implants avoid the need to drill down adjacent teeth for a bridge. When bridges fail, it’s typically due to one of the supporting teeth that has decayed or fractured. That damaged supporting tooth will need a new bridge, gum surgery, a root canal or even extraction. That all leads to a greatly increased cost.
- Implants last longer. In fact, they are so successful that we don’t know how long they last. In 2007, the American Dental Association commissioned a review of all published data related to implants and bridges. It was found that implants have a long-term success rate of 95% compared to a long term success rate of 80% for bridges. Along with clinicians representing all related disciplines, Dr. Puterman was selected to be part of this review group.
- If or when a portion of the crown on an implant cracks or breaks, only one new crown is needed. If a portion of your bridge cracks or breaks, three or more new crowns are needed.
- Implants are individualized like your natural teeth allowing for easy hygiene. Bridges connect your teeth together, requiring the use of specialized tools to properly clean between adjacent teeth.
During your consultation, we will review all information in order to determine what is best for you. If you have specific questions, we encourage you to bring a list of them with you. Everything will be answered, at your pace. Call our office in the Bethesda and Washington, DC area at (301) 652-0939 to schedule your dental implants consultation.