Adult tooth loss impacts more than dental function, it can also impact your confidence. Fortunately, there are many tooth loss treatment options that can restore your oral health. Dental bridges are an effective treatment that can replace missing teeth, helping to restore your dental function and confidence. Dental bridges can be placed by attaching the prosthetic to the surrounding teeth, as with traditional dental bridges; or by attaching the prosthetic to dental implants, as with implant-supported dental bridges. To learn more about traditional versus implant-supported dental bridges, schedule a consultation with Memphis, TN dentist Timothy S. Messer.
Dental bridges are used to “bridge” the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges are typically made of porcelain and metal and consist of an artificial tooth, called a pontic, sandwiched between two dental crowns. These dental crowns are bonded to the two teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth, effectively restoring the lost tooth.
Some of the advantages of traditional bridges include:
Implant-supported dental bridges are similar to traditional dental bridges. However, instead of attaching to adjacent teeth, they are attached to dental implants. Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically placed within the jawbone. Once the implants are placed, a permanent bond will form as the jawbone heals around the implants, providing a strong base for the bridge.
Implant-supported bridges offer many advantages to those missing multiple teeth. Some notable advantages include:
Both traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges offer many benefits to those who suffer from tooth loss. To find out which treatment is right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Messer.
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