Are Implant-Supported Bridges Right for You?
Do the gaps in your smile make eating challenging or affect your self-confidence? An implant-supported bridge can restore your smile and improve your confidence. Your Englewood, NJ, dentist, Dr. Mark Docktor, can help you decide if restorative implant dentistry is a good choice for you.
What is the difference between a traditional bridge and an implant-supported bridge?
Traditional bridges consist of artificial teeth, or pontics, connected to dental crowns on either end. The hollow crowns slip over teeth on either side of the gap that support the bridge.
Implant-supported bridges look like traditional bridges, but the crowns are connected to dental implants in your jawbone. The tiny implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery and become substitute tooth roots when they bond to the bone. Implants provide a secure, stable foundation for your bridge and are an excellent option if you're missing several teeth in a row.
What are the benefits of implant-support bridges?
Implant-supported bridges offer several important advantages, including:
- No changes to your teeth: Before you receive a traditional bridge, the teeth that will support the bridge must be reduced in size. This step is necessary for a good fit but may weaken the supporting teeth. Implant-supported bridges are connected directly to implants or a metal framework connected to implants and don't affect nearby teeth.
- Improved appearance: It's only natural to feel a little self-conscious if you have a gap in your smile. Unfortunately, missing teeth can hamper your social life and your career, in some cases. Implant-supported bridges look just like your natural teeth. Your Englewood dentist will make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your crowns and pontics blend in with surrounding teeth.
- Good jaw health: Your jawbone relies on stimulation from your tooth roots to keep it strong. When you lose a few teeth, the bone may begin to shrink and weaken. Your new implants will take over for your roots and help keep your jawbone strong.
- Comfort: Your new bridge will be rooted to your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. It won't slip or slide when you chew or irritate your mouth.
Fill the gaps in your smile with implant-supported bridges! Call your Englewood, NJ, dentist, Dr. Mark Docktor, at (201) 894-9998 to schedule an appointment or ask any questions about restorative implant dentistry today!