IMPLANTS & BRIDGES
REPLACING MULTIPLE TEETH WITH IMPLANTS AND BRIDGES
When you’ve lost a single tooth, a dental implant and crown will create a more lifelike replacement than a dental bridge. However, if you’re missing multiple adjacent teeth, then a single crown won’t be enough to replace them. A bridge consists of multiple adjoined replacement teeth made from lifelike porcelain, and two crowns that support the prosthesis. Traditionally, a bridge is secured by bonding its supportive crowns to nearby teeth. However, Dr. Wright can often place a pair of dental implants to support the bridge, allowing you to preserve all of your remaining healthy tooth structure.
A BETTER WAY TO SUPPORT A BRIDGE
The concept of a dental bridge is an excellent one—placing one or more adjoined teeth in the gap of your smile prevents bite problems that could result from the empty space. Yet modifying your healthy teeth to support the bridge can leave those teeth structurally weaker. Plus, the loss of your roots can cause the jawbone to shrink which can lead to future dental health issues. By supporting your bridge on dental implants, you can enjoy a sturdier, more comfortable prosthesis as well as the long-term oral health benefits of replacing your lost roots.