Multiple missing teeth on the upper or lower arch of a patient’s mouth can lead to serious consequences. Atrophy, tooth movement, and gum disease are just a few of them. Thankfully, dentists can recommend an implant-supported dental bridge to reduce a patient’s risk of experiencing these problems.
Partial dentures, complete dentures, and traditional dental bridges may also be suggested, but none can provide the same benefits as implant-supported bridges. Continue reading to learn why so many patients prefer an implant-supported dental bridge to all other restorative options.
Denture wearers often complain about their prosthetic coming loose, clicking, and moving around while they eat and talk. This isn’t just embarrassing, it’s uncomfortable and detrimental to the health of the patient’s gums and jawbone.
An implant-supported dental bridge eliminates this issue because it is anchored to the jawbone. This prevents bone and gum loss so patients can feel comfortable and confident every day and in every situation.
Traditional dental bridges require the removal of enamel from two of the patient’s natural teeth—the ones on both sides of the gap. While this may not seem like a big deal, those teeth lose strength and can become more prone to disease or infection.
Because implant-supported dentures are secured to the jawbone, the natural teeth are maintained and remain strong and functional.
Did you know that tooth roots are responsible for maintaining the strength and density of the jawbone? That means, when a tooth is lost, the jawbone slowly begins to break down. This often leads to unwanted tooth movement and facial sagging.
That’s why dental implants are so important. The small, screw-like rods insert into the jawbone just like natural tooth roots. The implant and bone join together through a natural process called osseointegration. When placing a dental bridge, the dentist may use two or more implants, depending on the patient’s specific needs.
The natural teeth adjacent to an empty socket are even more exposed to bacteria and the empty sockets make it easy for bacteria to invade the gum tissue. These problems can lead to painful oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
Implant-supported dental bridges reduce this risk by creating a barrier between the bacteria and the gums and adjacent teeth. Dental implants fill the exposed sockets so no bacteria can invade the area. Overall, the dental bridge makes the mouth easier to clean and keep clean so patients can worry less about their oral health.
Last, but certainly not least, implant-supported bridges improve a patient’s appearance. Along with preventing atrophy, the bridge is carefully crafted by a skilled lab technician to look natural. Patients who undergo this procedure experienced heightened self-confidence that benefits their work, home, and love lives.
In addition, a brand new, natural-looking smile will make you want to smile even more! You’ll feel and look happier and healthier. That’s something worth considering.
Wondering if and implant-supported dental bridge is right for you? The best way to find out is to visit with an experienced dentist. Dr. Richard L. Rodgers is passionate about helping patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile through various treatments. Call our office today at 404-577-6620 to learn how he can help you.