Dental bridges are not a new or fresh development in dentistry. Bridges have helped people who have suffered tooth loss to regain confidence and function for their smiles for centuries. Modern dental bridges are made from more lifelike materials like porcelain. They are designed to fit more precisely than ever before with the help of digital technology. One of the most important advantage of today’s bridges over bridges of the past is the addition of dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as prosthetic roots of a tooth. Implants can provide improved comfort, appearance, and stability to replacement teeth like crowns, dentures, and dental bridges. A dental implant can support a dental bridge, and it provides many benefits by doing so.
Traditional Dental Bridges
A dental bridge spans a gap in your smile with one or more replacement teeth. Structurally, a dental bridge relies on the support of dental crowns on either side of the replacement tooth (or teeth). The crowns are typically bonded to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. Placing a bridge may require that your dentist modify healthy tooth structure to place the crowns. If you have multiple missing teeth, the crowns may be placed on top of implants to provide stability.
Fortifying Your Jawbone
Losing the stimulation from your tooth’s roots can lead to a loss of bone density in your jaw. Dental implants can provide that stimulation, which can help to keep your bone density fortified in your jawbone. Your dentist can attach a custom-designed dental bridge to the posts of implants. Because the implants help to preserve your jawbone’s strength and integrity, it can help prevent your jawbone from shrinking, which can affect the way a bridge fits. A fortified jawbone can also reduce your risks of experiencing more tooth loss.
Can you restore your smile with an implant-supported dental bridge?
A bridge can restore your smile’s appearance and function, while an implant can help to restore your jawbone’s strength. To learn more about the benefits of an implant-supported dental brdige, schedule a consultation by calling Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY, today at 307-672-7567. We also proudly serve patients of all ages who live in Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.