Updated: Feb 27, 2020
A dental bridge is one of the more common solutions for dealing with tooth loss. That’s because it’s designed to replace a single lost tooth, or multiple adjacent teeth, which is how even severe cases of tooth loss often begin. Today, however, more people are choosing to replace their lost teeth with dental implant-supported restorations, or to upgrade their existing ones with the help of dental implants. Today, we take a look at the difference implanted replacements for your teeth roots can make when it comes to replacing or upgrading a more conventional dental bridge, whether it’s to replace a single lost tooth or multiple adjacent ones.
Upgrading a single-tooth bridge
Traditional dental bridges consist of a replacement tooth, or pontic, that’s supported by one or a pair of dental crowns. That means it requires the support of one or two nearby healthy teeth, to which your dentist can bond the bridge’s crowns for support. However, a dental implant is designed to replace a lost tooth root, which means if you’ve only lost one tooth, you only need one implant post. This eliminates the need for supportive crowns and leaves only your replacement tooth, which will now be a custom-designed, highly lifelike dental crown that’s held in place by a single abutment on your dental implant post.
Upgrading a multi-tooth bridge
With the help of more advanced dental technology and materials, today’s dental bridges can replace more than a single tooth with equal results, if the teeth are adjacent to each other. Instead of a single pontic, the bridge will consist of two or more, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost. You might not require more than a single dental implant post, as each implant is designed and placed to offer maximum support for your restoration under your bite’s pressure. Your implant will be able to support your multi-tooth bridge while still eliminating the need to rely on your other healthy, natural teeth for support.
Upgrading the benefits of your restoration
The ability to support your replacement tooth or teeth with more lifelike dental implants offers your smile and oral health a number of benefits over more traditional dental bridges. Preserving your remaining healthy teeth is an important one, as is the replacement of the teeth roots you lost within your jawbone. Both of these benefits help you better preserve your smile as well as restore it, and the support of your implant posts will help your bridge perform better and more comfortably when you bite, chew, speak, and smile.
Benefit from implanted replacement teeth
Today’s dental bridges can replace a single lost tooth or multiple adjacent teeth; with dental implants, however, your replacement tooth/teeth may not be the same. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.