Replacing More than One Lost Tooth
November 21, 2016
There are multiple ways to replace missing teeth, some of the most dependable being bonded dental bridges and implant-supported teeth. Compared to full and partial dentures, these restorations look and feel more natural and provide additional benefits for strength and function.
If you’re deciding between dental bridges and implant-supported teeth, consider the following:
Traditional Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are some of the most long lasting restorations available in modern dentistry and they can be made to replace one lost tooth, or a group of several lost teeth. Dental bridges are also versatile in how they can be created to meet patients’ needs, with fake teeth attached by dental crowns or held in place with metal or composite wings that are bonded to the backs of surrounding teeth. However, these types of bridges vary in strength, aesthetics, and conservative nature of treatment.
These restorations can be used on just about any dental patient, even when implants have been unsuccessful due to health issues, position of missing teeth, reluctance to pursue surgery as part of your treatment plan, and current bone volume. However, the more conservative Maryland bridges aren’t recommended for all patients and many may require traditional bridges, where neighboring teeth are filed to accept the abutment crowns.
Why Consider Implant Bridges?
Bridges held in place with implant posts, however, provide patients with a multiple teeth replacement solution that is durable and aesthetic, no matter where teeth are missing in your smile. While some traditional bridges can compromise the structure of the teeth underneath, dental implant posts are wholly independent; the posts integrate with bone and become as strong as possible, to support replacement teeth in any number. Implant bridges are not prone to the aesthetic drawbacks that standard bridges can create over time. Many patients also require full replacement of their standard dental bridges over the years, as natural abutment teeth can become compromised.
Implant bridges, on the other hand, can last for a lifetime. The implant posts, when integrated properly, do not need to be replaced. In essence, dental implants offer an improved foundation for holding prosthetics in place, as opposed to what natural teeth can offer.
Learn More about Long-Lasting Teeth Replacements
If you have questions about which dental restorations will work best for you, contact our Glendora dental office to learn more about bridges and implant-supported teeth.