When people think about dental bridges, they usually picture the option that involves placing crowns on natural teeth, also known as abutment teeth. While effective, your Kansas City, MO, dentist can offer an alternative that is sturdier and longer-lasting, while still maintaining a natural appearance. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at our implant-supported dental bridges.
Support with Dental Implants
Dental implants are an optimal choice to replace one or more missing teeth. They don’t rely on suction, clasps, or crowns, which means they don’t need replacement as the shape of the jaw ridge changes with time. Instead, we insert these biocompatible titanium posts into the jawbone, where they bond with the bone tissue. They act as new tooth roots, and will be able last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime, as a result of osseointegration. Instead of removing structure from natural teeth to support a bridge, we can simply attach the prosthetic to these new implant posts.
Crafting Lifelike Prosthetics
Creating the bridge means taking detailed images, measurements, and impressions of your smile. We want to make sure the final product fits comfortably, preserves your bite balance, and of course, looks natural. The porcelain we craft them with will absorb daily bite forces, contains stain-resistant properties, and can be tinted to blend with the rest of your smile. When the prosthetic is ready, we will attach the crown portions, which are attached to either end of the new teeth, to the implant posts. This secures the bridge firmly.
Long-Lasting Smile Improvement
To ensure your new teeth last for many years to come, you need to keep your smile healthy. After all, issues like gum disease could absolutely cause your new teeth to fail, just as they could impact the stability of natural teeth. Better oral health means taking time daily to brush for about two minutes, when you wake up and again before going to bed. Be sure you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and also take time to floss every evening before bed. In addition, you need to clean the spaces between the top of your gums and the bottom of the prosthetic, where food particles could accumulate. Finally, make time to visit us every six months, as a checkup and cleaning lets us monitor your smile, remove plaque buildup, and ensure you continue to enjoy a whole and healthy smile. If you have any questions, contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT IMPLANT DENTISTRY?
We want to help you maintain a full, functional smile that looks natural. To learn more about our solutions for one or more missing teeth, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.