Switching from Dentures to Implant Bridge
For decades, dentures were the go-to restoration option for tooth loss. Whether a person was missing just one or two teeth, or they were suffering from an entire arch of missing teeth, it seemed as though they had little recourse other than reaching for a full or partial denture. However, today, there are new technologies that are paving the way for a more permanent, attractive, and reliable restoration for those who are missing teeth.
We here at Periodontal Associates are incredibly pleased to offer implant bridges to our patients, giving them a chance to have the smile they always wanted without any of the challenges or inconveniences of dentures.
What is an Implant Bridge?
Implant bridges share many similarities with traditional dental bridges. Traditional dental bridges consist of a pontic (the prosthetic tooth), which is attached to a crown. This crown is often attached to the surrounding teeth, offering support and structure to the dental bridge. Unfortunately, sometimes, a patient may not be a good candidate for a traditional dental bridge due to a lack of supporting teeth. In these cases, the patient may require an implant bridge.
An implant bridge resembles a traditional dental bridge in that it does consist of a pontic, but instead of being supported by a crown over a patient’s existing tooth, it instead is supported by a dental implant. The dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone of the patient, and it can help sustain the dental bridge.
What are the Advantages of an Implant Bridge?
Implant bridges have numerous advantages over dentures. One benefit of an implant bridge, over a partial or a complete denture, is that it is considered a permanent restoration. Dentures, even if they are well maintained, typically last up to ten years.
Furthermore, the implant bridge is not at risk of becoming dislodged (leading to embarrassment), nor does it need to be removed to keep clean. The patient can continue to practice a normal oral hygiene regimen to maintain their implant bridge. These clear benefits of implant bridges make them a superior choice in many instances.