If you have lost between one and three teeth in a row, then your Olathe, KS, dentist may prescribe a dental bridge. For a more secure and long-lasting one, we may secure them with multiple dental implants instead of just crowns. In today’s blog, we’re going to explain the benefits of implant-secured options, and how to safeguard your smile from further tooth loss.
Crown Secured vs. Implants
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that addresses minor tooth loss. The traditional option consists of the pontics, or new teeth, with crowns attached to each end. We then remove structure from the abutment teeth, the ones sitting on each side of the gap in your smile. The crowns will be placed onto these teeth to secure your new prosthetic. On average, these tend to last about 10 to 15 years and require replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape.
However, we could also secure them with dental implants. We don’t need to remove structure from abutment teeth, instead we insert one or more dental implant posts into the jaw. They bond with the bone structure through osseointegration, which stimulates jawbone growth to preserve ridge shape changes. We then attach the bridge. The prosthetic could last decades, maybe even a lifetime!
Creating Your Bridge
The bridge portion will be custom-made for your smile. We use durable materials, such as porcelain, which supports bite forces and pressure. You not only enjoy a dependable chewing surface, but the material can be shaded to blend with the rest of the smile and contains stain-resistant properties. You enjoy a custom option that looks natural, so you can smile with confidence. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, as we want an option that preserves the balance of your smile too, preventing a wide range of complications related to the loss of one or more natural teeth.
Preserving Your Smile
You still need to maintain good oral health, as gum disease or infection could threaten your new teeth, and your remaining natural ones too. You should brush and floss daily to remove food particles and prevent oral health issues, and also see us twice a year for checkup and thorough dental cleaning. At home, try to avoid sugary foods and drinks and tobacco products, all of which could impact oral health and smile stability. If you have any questions, then give our team a call today!
Do You Have Questions About Tooth Loss?
We know the dangers posed by missing teeth, which is why we offer secure and long-lasting solutions. For more information on addressing gaps in your smile, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.