Although new innovations in dentistry now allow us to preserve natural teeth for longer, at least 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you are among those who are missing 2 or more teeth, your incomplete smile has caused many challenges in your life. Not only are you insecure about your appearance, but you also miss eating your favorite foods. Sage Dental Care can help you regain the next best thing to your natural teeth with an implant-retained bridge.
An implant-retained bridge has become the preferred alternative to traditional treatments. A fixed bridge requires the prosthetics to be held in place by attaching dental crowns to your adjacent teeth. While this is effective, it means altering healthy teeth and you need to have it replaced every 5 years.
Dental implants solve the disadvantages of the traditional treatment. 1 to 2 implant posts are surgically placed into your jawbone to anchor your bridge. This allows you to enjoy added security that is not possible with a bridge and crowns.
It also replaces both the roots and crowns of your teeth, allowing you to enjoy several benefits that are not possible with the traditional method, including:
If you want to improve the stability of your current denture or you recently lost numerous teeth, we encourage you to consider an implant-retained denture. These custom crafted dental restorations are able to closely mimic your natural smile in appearance and function. During your tooth replacement consultation, we’ll examine your current oral and overall health to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for implant dentures, but innovations in the treatment methods and materials used make implant supported dentures a great tooth replacement option for almost everyone.
If you are missing 1 to 3 consecutive teeth, an implant-retained bridge may be the solution for you. You must have adequate density in your jawbone to support the implant posts while also having good oral and general health.
Dental implants have the potential to last for a lifetime with the right aftercare. Your implant posts should never need to be replaced if you maintain your oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.
You first need an initial consultation to assess your oral health. A CT scan is used to determine the density of your jawbone. If it has been compromised, you may need bone grafting before your posts can be placed.
The images for the CT scan allow us to pinpoint the precise location for your posts. An oral surgeon places them into your jawbone. Over the next several weeks, your jawbone fuses to them. After adequate healing, abutments and your bridge are attached to the posts.
Your implant-retained bridge will look and function like your natural teeth, so you can enjoy your favorite foods again. To ensure your new smile lasts, it is best to avoid smoking or using tobacco.
You can invest in your smile with the next best thing to your natural teeth. Contact our office today to see if an implant-retained bridge is right for you.