Your teeth are an essential feature in your mouth, performing numerous important tasks every single day. Tooth loss has a major impact on all of these functions. Once simple tasks suddenly become difficult. You may even experience consequences you never considered. As a result, your quality of life can be greatly diminished. For sections of missing teeth, here at Edelweiss Dental Implant Center, we offer implant-supported bridges.
What Happens When You Lose Your Teeth?
Missing teeth have several impacts on your oral health, your appearance, and your quality of life:
How Are Missing Teeth Typically Replaced?
Traditionally, sections of missing teeth are replaced in one of two ways. Depending upon the number of teeth missing, the traditional options consist of a dental bridge (one to three missing teeth) and a partial denture (more than three missing teeth). A dental bridge consists of your missing tooth (or teeth) set between two crowns. The crowns then anchor onto the adjacent healthy teeth. A partial denture, on the other hand, is a removable prosthesis. False teeth are set into a colored gum base that is supported by your gum tissue. It also has metal clasps, which hook onto your healthy teeth, providing additional support. These options are effective at replacing teeth, but they do have some downsides. The biggest disadvantage of both options is that they cannot stop the bone loss that accompanies tooth loss. This means that they will need to be periodically replaced as your jawbone changes shape.
What is an Implant-Supported Bridge?
An implant-supported bridge is a type of dental implant. Small titanium rods are surgically inserted into the jawbone, meant to support your section of replacement teeth. The implants rely on a process known as osseointegration, or the fusion of your bone to the implants. As you heal, the implants become the “roots” that support your new teeth, which are secured permanently in place by screws. While healing from surgery can take several months, an implant supported bridge is designed to be a permanent solution to tooth loss.
The Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge
Implant supported bridges have a multitude of benefits:
If you are missing a section of teeth, don’t ignore them, even if they are in a spot that can’t be seen when you smile. For more information on implant-supported bridges, and to find out if they are right for you, contact Edelweiss Dental Implant Center today at (972) 930-5154.