Are missing teeth creating a gap in your smile? Do you suffer from a speech issues or a bite problem? These and other dental problems could be remedied with a dental bridge. A traditional bridge consists of one or more custom-made teeth, also known as pontics, that are attached to dental crowns on either side.
For patients missing two or more consecutive teeth, however, an implant-supported dental bridge could be the best solution. The set of teeth are placed permanently on dental implants, instead of being supported by crowns. Unlike dentures or a traditional bridge, this is a permanent solution that will not need to be removed or replaced over time.
Why Consider an Implant-Supported Bridge?
Implant-supported bridges have several advantages over traditional ones. With traditional bridges, the teeth surrounding the gap in your smile must be altered for a crown placement. Since implant-supported restorations do not rely on teeth for support, they require no removal of healthy tissue. In turn this also allows the preservation the healthy teeth on either side of your missing teeth.
If you choose the implant-supported option, this surgery does replace your entire tooth from root to crown, requiring a two-step process that is typically separated by 2-6 months of recovery time. Although the time commitment for this restorative surgery is lengthy, once completed, the lifespan of the dental bridge is much longer and is more stable and dependable for staying in place while you eat, speak and smile.
The Dental Implant Process
The first of the two surgeries you would undergo is the implant surgery. This is where dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw beneath the area of tooth loss. After surgery, the gums will need several months to heal in which time the bone tissues should fuse with the dental implants and secure the foundation needed. After this takes place, small titanium abutments are then attached to the implant, in a process that again will require some recovery time.
Finally, once the posts are in place, a special dental compound is used to secure the replacement teeth to the abutments. This secures the bridge so that it becomes a natural-looking part of your smile.
Possible downsides of an implant-supported bridge are the length of time it takes for each stage of treatment and the cost of a multi-step procedure. However, despite these concerns most people who have undergone this treatment find that the benefits of an implant-supported dental implant outweigh the cons.
An implant-supported bridge does not require any alteration to the natural teeth. In addition, a dental bridge restoration is the only method of tooth replacement that protects your jawbone against atrophy. Dental implants even act as artificial tooth roots, which stimulate the jaw to prevent bone loss. It can also reduce the risk of gum disease after tooth loss and stabilizes your remaining teeth from further damage.
Dental Implant Specialists
At LifeSmiles by Randy Mitchmore, DDS, we pride ourselves in offering a unique dental experience with luxury perks and spa-like amenities. Dr. Mitchmore uses cutting-edge technology to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to modern dentistry solutions. Find out more by calling 713-592-9300 to schedule a consult.