Tooth loss has long been a focus of professional dentistry, and dental bridges have long been an excellent answer to helping patients recover from it. A bridge is a custom-designed dental prosthesis that replaces lost teeth with highly lifelike replicas. The replacement teeth are designed to closely mimic the teeth you’ve lost, to effectively close the gap in your smile and restore its appearance as well as your bite’s balance. Traditionally, dental bridges are supported by crowns that are bonded to nearby teeth. However, for many patients, we may suggest supporting the prosthetic on dental implant posts, helping you preserve a maximum amount of your natural tooth structure.
To accommodate a traditional bridge, your dentist has to prepare the adjacent healthy teeth by modifying their structures to support the crowns of the bridge. This support system makes the bridge stable and secure, but also causes permanent alterations to your healthy teeth. By contrast, small implant posts can be inserted into your jawbone, providing prosthetic roots that your dentist can affix your dental bridge to. In addition to preserving your healthy teeth, an implant-supported bridge also provides the benefit of preserving the health, strength, and integrity of your jawbone.
Ask Your Dentist if a Bridge Is Right for You
If you’ve lost a tooth, then regain your healthy, beautiful smile with a lifelike dental bridge. To find out if a bridge is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.