Implant Supported Bridges
Because many of those who are missing teeth may only be missing a few, a dental bridge could be an excellent option for optimal oral restoration. It gives the appearance of teeth where there are none, which can be good for those who may be concerned with aesthetic reasons. However, when there is no tooth in the socket, the jawbone may degenerate, which can alter the shape of your face. Many dentures and bridges may need to , after a while due to poor fit. There is a solution, though, and one that we here at advocates whole-heartedly.
What Are Dental Implants?
There have been incredible innovations in the medical field which includes the use of titanium. It was discovered that through a process called osseointegration, human bone and titanium have a unique fusion ability. A small titanium root can be screwed into an empty socket and the body will accept it as a valid replacement for the tooth. With a new root, the jaw may continue to regenerate, which means it is less likely to resorb so you can maintain and even strengthen your bone structure.
Dental implants are composed of a titanium screw, replacement crown, and an abutment connector. They are used to mimic your tooth to ensure natural bone regeneration while serving a very valuable purpose as support beams. For those who may need or already have dentures, implants are durable enough to secure your prosthetics to your mouth without the aid of dental glue or cream.
How Implant-Supported Bridges May Benefit You
For those who may be known to grind their teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be recommended to you. Added pressure to the implants could cause them to fail individually, but a supported bridge can reduce the pressure and distribute the weight across the whole bridge. For the implants to even be considered, however, the teeth and surrounding tissues need to be in good shape. If they are not, you may need a graft before we can begin the implant procedure.
Great care goes into the process of creating a bridge that could look just like your natural teeth. The priority of any prosthetic can be to give you back something you may have lost, which is why it is good to know that through an implant-supported bridge, you should be able to eat normal food without complications. Your bridge, which is secured through implants, is less likely to slip than a partial denture that is placed on your gums. It may be recommended that you use a special type of brush or floss to help take care of your bridge, but through practice can become quite simple.
As you can tell, an implant-supported bridge may be something that could benefit you if you are looking for a sturdier, more comfortable alternative to the standard partial denture. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can help many patients who are missing teeth, please stop in to talk with us here at Geelan Dental Care or give us a call at (971) 323-1990 to schedule an appointment.