If you are missing one or more teeth in one area, an option growing in popularity is an implant-supported bridge. Anchored by the jaw bone, Dental Implants can replace missing teeth without requiring adjacent, natural teeth for support (as in Crown-&-Bridge combinations).
Although a fixed bridge or partial denture replace the presence of teeth, an implant-supported bridge helps to preserve the bone that previously surrounded tooth roots. The implanted portion acts as a tooth root replacement and halts “resorption” (or shrinking in mass). By recreating the stimulation once provided by natural tooth roots, implants help to preserve your jaw bone.
Dental Implants also restore the look feel, and comfort of natural teeth. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect. Additionally, removable partial dentures can move around while chewing, which interferes with your ability to eat all the foods you love.
Whether you opt for an implant supported bridge, a fixed bridge, or partial denture, learn all the advantages and potential challenges of each. While the only obstacle with Dental Implants for some people is the cost, Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime. They make an excellent investment.
Ask us about Dental Implants before making your final decision regarding tooth replacement. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions during a Free Consultation. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule.