If you have more than one missing tooth, implant-supported bridges can be a good solution. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Allan Acton at Contact Cary Family Dental in Cary, NC to learn more.
Benefits of implant-supported bridges
Dental implants provide several positive outcomes over other missing teeth replacement solutions. First of all, they look and feel like natural teeth, but also implant-supported bridges do not require support from adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth.
Additionally, implant-supported bridges will take the place of some of your tooth roots, so the jawbone is better preserved. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root may begin to deteriorate. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, keeping the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, implants are aesthetic, functional, and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect. Resorbed bone beneath bridges or removable partial dentures can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile. The cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that hold the bridge in place. Removable partial dentures can also have a tendency to move around in the mouth, reducing your ability to eat certain foods.
How are implants be installed?
First, implants, which look like screws, are secured into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implants and the jawbone bond together to form solid anchors. During this time, a temporary crown can be worn over the implant sites.
The second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These temporary healing caps complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
There are newer systems that do not require this second step. These use an implant that already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontist will advise you on which system is best for you.
Finally, replacement teeth, or bridges, will be created for you by your dentist and attached to small metal posts, called abutments. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.
Every case is different, and some of these steps can be combined when conditions permit. Your dental professional will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
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