Don’t let your smile suffer because of missing teeth. Whether reason you lost one or several teeth, you don’t have to let your smile be incomplete. Improvements in tooth replacement procedures have made restoring your teeth and lifestyle easier than ever.

The primary options for replacing lost teeth are dental implants or dental bridges. Though they serve similar purposes, they are very different procedures. You can choose which is right for you with the help of your dentist at Surf City Dental in Surf City, North Carolina.

Dental Implants or Dental Bridges: Choosing the Right Procedure for You at Surf City Dental


Whether the result of disease or injury, missing teeth need to be replaced as soon as possible to keep the surrounding teeth from shifting. If you lose a tooth, contact Surf City Dental immediately.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium frame that replaces the roots of the missing teeth. The implant extends through the gums and into the jawbone. Once it is installed, your dentist can mount the replacement tooth on it.

Since they are firmly rooted in the jawbone, implants are typically more comfortable than conventional dentures or bridges and are less likely to move or shift than dentures. Titanium construction that naturally bonds with the jawbone makes them incredibly durable. Implants are less likely to slip or fall out, and they  create a natural feeling and look.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges get their name because they serve as a bridge over the gap left by missing teeth. When you have a bridge installed, the replacement tooth is held in place by caps over the teeth on both sides of the gap. These surrounding teeth need to have enamel removed to prep them for the caps.

Surf City Dental crafts bridges to recreate your natural bite. Bridge installation is a slightly less invasive procedure, and as a result is costs less than implants. However, bridges do need to be occasionally replaced creating a balance in long-term value. If you are replacing a tooth that has been missing for a long time, the gum and bone may have receded, making a dental bridge the better choice.

Let Surf City Dental Restore Your Smile

Though the surgery for a dental implant is more invasive, implants do not affect surrounding teeth. The only way to be sure which procedure is right for you is to consult with the dental experts at Surf City Dental.

Our team of dentists and hygienists work hard to creating the best possible experiences for our customers. If you have any questions about the services we offer, feel free to contact us at 910-329-0298. You can also schedule an appointment online. We proudly serve Surf City, Hampstead, and Topsail, North Carolina.