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.
Traditional Dental Bridges
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.
The Advantages of Traditional Dental Bridges
Some of the advantages of traditional bridges include:
- Non-surgical treatment: Traditional dental bridges are placed without surgery, allowing patients to return to their daily life and enjoy the benefits of restored dental function without requiring time for recovery.
- Fast results: Traditional dental bridge treatment can be completed in as little as two dental visits over a couple of weeks, restoring dental appearance and function faster than implant-supported bridges.
- Restored dental function and appearance: Traditional dental bridges are an effective way to restore dental function and appearance, allowing those who suffer from tooth loss to enjoy the confidence of a beautiful smile.
- Suitable for most patients: Because traditional dental bridges don't require surgery, they are suitable for most patients requiring tooth replacement treatment.
Implant-supported Dental Bridges
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.
The Advantages of Implant-supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported bridges offer many advantages to those missing multiple teeth. Some notable advantages include:
- Can be used to replace multiple teeth: Implant-supported bridges may be attached to one dental implant and an adjacent tooth, or two dental implants, making them suitable for those who are missing multiple teeth.
- Encourages jawbone growth: Long-term tooth loss can cause the jawbone to atrophy. Dental implants mimic the natural tooth root, helping to stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone loss.
- Can be used when the surrounding teeth are insufficient: In order to place traditional dental bridges, the surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to support the restoration. Implant-supported bridges attach to dental implants instead.
- Improved dental function and appearance: Just like traditional bridges, implant-supported bridges replace missing teeth to restore dental function and appearance.
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
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.