If you struggle with several missing teeth, chances are you’ve considered a traditional dental bridge. The drawbacks of this type of treatment are that dental bridges often fail, either because the supporting teeth are unable to hold the bridge in place or the fixative securing the bridge leaks, causing decay and additional tooth loss. At my Dental Implant Center I recommend an implant-supported bridge over the traditional dental bridge in cases where patients need to securely replace several teeth.
Why choose an implant-supported bridge?
There are many reasons to opt for implants over traditional tooth replacement methods. Regarding dental bridges, the benefits of using dental implants include:
- No need to sacrifice surrounding healthy teeth to anchor the bridge. The implants placed into a patient’s jaw mimic a natural tooth’s root, which provides a secure foundation for the restoration. The resulting tooth replacements won’t need anything besides the implants for a long-lasting fit.
- The new teeth will look and function like natural teeth, with a patient’s chewing capacity completely restored.
- Dental implants stimulate the underlying jaw bone, negating the bone loss usually associated with missing teeth.