SOURCE: The Smile & Implant Center

The Smile & Implant Center

August 20, 2013 05:01 ET

Dental Implants or Bridges? New Jersey Dentist Discusses the Ideal Circumstances for Both Missing Teeth Replacement Options

Dr. Harry Harcsztark Discusses Dental Implants vs. Bridges and Dentures, and Why One May Be a More Appropriate Solution for a Patient's Missing Teeth Than the Other

KEARNY, NJ--(Marketwired - Aug 20, 2013) - Dr. Harry Harcsztark, a dentist at The Smile and Implant Center in Kearny, New Jersey, has more than 35 years of experience treating patients with missing teeth. He says each patient at his practice is given individualized care, and for patients looking for teeth replacement options, he first needs to determine whether they are a better candidate for dental implants or dental bridges. Dr. Harcsztark says this often ultimately depends upon the location and quality of the teeth surrounding the missing tooth, as well as other factors. Both treatments can be an effective solution for a missing tooth, but, Dr. Harcsztark explains, the success ultimately comes down to the specifics of a patient's oral health and anatomy, as well as his or her individual goals.

According to Dr. Harcsztark, it is crucial to replace a missing tooth to preserve the surrounding teeth and prevent them from becoming loose. One solution Dr. Harcsztark offers is dental implants. Through this procedure, titanium posts are implanted into the patient's mouth, which should eventually fuse to the jaw, creating a permanent solution. A custom-made crown, designed for the most natural fit and appearance possible, is then attached to the implant. Another common treatment for missing teeth is the dental bridge. The procedure replaces the lost tooth or teeth with artificial teeth supported by two crowns on each side. Since both options can provide effective solutions, Dr. Harcsztark recommends the appropriate treatment on a case by case basis.

For patients who are missing a tooth but do not have strong enough supporting teeth for a bridge or denture, Dr. Harcsztark explains an implant may be the best option. If a patient does have strong enough supporting teeth, even if those teeth have been treated with fillings, he typically recommends a dental bridge. Dr. Harcsztark says this treatment not only fills the gap where the missing tooth once resided, but it also adds more strength and protection to the surrounding teeth. As Dr. Harcsztark says, it provides "two [treatments] for the price of one."

In the end, the cosmetic dentist finding the best treatment for a patient depends on the anatomy of their mouth and location of their teeth. In the case of dental implants, other factors -- such as the density of the jawbone -- are also taken into account in order to determine if the patient has a strong enough jaw to accommodate the implant.

Dr. Harcsztark reveals both bridges and dental implant restorations are typically made of the same durable, tooth-colored material. He finds bridges often last 15 to 20 years before they start to wear out, while implants can last a lifetime. For a patient to get the most out of their dental treatment, Dr. Harcsztark stresses the importance of proper maintenance at home and regular dental check-ups. He says periodontal disease, untreated tooth decay, and other issues can cause tooth loss, and it is crucial that individuals have good oral health routines to maintain dental treatment results, as well as to prevent future problems down the road.

About Harry J. Harcsztark, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Dr. Harry Harcsztark is a member of the American Dental Association and the Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce. He holds Fellowships at the International College of Oral Implantologists and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Harcsztark graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1974, and served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy. He continuously trains in new areas of dentistry, as well as aesthetic enhancement procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, to provide options for patients with a range of needs and goals. He is available for interview upon request.

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