Typically, dental bridges will be held in place with dental crowns. However, in order to offer a longer lasting solution to tooth loss for patients in Olathe, KS, we may secure them with implant dentistry. Find out what benefits implant bridges will offer, and why addressing tooth loss, even minor tooth loss, is essential for ensuring a healthy and stable smile.
When Do You Need a Bridge?
When we lose one or more teeth, a gap remains in our smile. Over time, the teeth surrounding the gap may drift from position, leading to the onset of dental misalignment. Poor alignment is a major factor in the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. The gaps in your smile could also place pressure on the jaw joints, making TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) more likely to develop. Your body will also recognize the lack of tooth roots and stop supplying surrounding jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphorus. When denied these essential nutrients, the bone tissue deteriorates, leading to an aged appearance and often, further tooth loss. Addressing the problem with a prosthetic helps prevent these common complications.
Securing Them With Dental Implants
Typically, we would attach a crown to each end of the pontics, or new teeth. We would remove outer structure from the teeth on either side of the gap, placing the crowns onto them to secure your new teeth. However, with dental implants, we have an alternative. A single dental implant can secure one missing tooth without relying on crowns or costing surrounding teeth their structure. For multiple teeth, we can place two or more dental implants. Once inserted into the jawbone, they act as new tooth roots, as the body the recognizes titanium as a biocompatible material. This offers stability, with your new teeth lasting for decades in some cases.
Creating Your Lifelike Teeth
While the dental implants act as new roots, you still need to address the visible portion of your new teeth. For a single tooth, we may create a custom-made crown using lifelike ceramic. For multiple teeth we can create a bridge, placing the crown portions on the surrounding implants and securing the brand-new teeth between them. The prosthetics will be created using lifelike materials that blend with the rest of your smile, offering a natural looking solution to minor tooth loss. If you have any questions about implant bridges, then contact our team today.
Let’s Address Your Tooth Loss
If you have a missing tooth, then contact our team today. To schedule a consultation and discuss replacing your lost teeth, then call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.