If you have missing teeth and are considering whether a traditional bridge or denture might meet your needs, you should be aware of the benefits of all your tooth replacement options.
There are many appliances that can improve the aesthetics of your smile but some techniques can add true health and functionality to your bite as well.
Choosing a Bridge:
A traditional bridge, uses crowns placed onto adjacent teeth to serve as anchors, with the prosthetic, or pontic, filling the space left by your missing teeth.
Another way to secure a bridge is with 2 or more implants serving as anchors rather than using the adjacent teeth. This saves your existing teeth from having to be shaped for the crown and provides more stability and durability than traditional bridges.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- Restoration of Your Smile
- Greater Confidence When Chewing and Speaking
- Helps Prevent the Look of Premature Aging
- Helps Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
While a bridge can serve as a single tooth replacement, the ideal restoration is an implant topped with a natural looking crown. The implant serves as the root of the prosthetic helping to maintain bone health in the jaw and reducing the chance of your other teeth becoming loose or shifting out of place, as the implant replaces the whole tooth, root and all.
Choosing a denture:
Dentures are removable appliances that replicate missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures are used to replace a full arch, while partial dentures are used when some teeth remain.
Like bridges, dentures can restore your smile and reduce the sunken look that often accompanies the loss of several or all of your teeth. The problems lay with the instability of bite and the embarrassment of slippage when eating or smiling.
The Best of Both Worlds
Most dentists now use “hybrid dentures.” A dentist or a specialist places the implant and then tops it with the restoration. These prosthetics not only replicate a naturally beautiful smile, but can restore a functionality of bite that is elusive with adhesive-based dental appliances.
Benefits of Implant Supported Prosthetics
When choosing your method of tooth replacement, keep in mind the following benefits of implant-supported prosthetics:
- Unparalleled bite function
- Enhanced health of the underlying bone
- Durability and permanence
- No embarrassing slippage
- Helps maintain facial shape
If you currently wear dentures, sometimes dentists can modify them for use with implants.
If you want to know more about your tooth replacement options in Tucker, GA – Call Dr. Washington at Relief Dental – a local expert in all kinds of smile restorations.