If you have missing teeth, the problem needs to be addressed before it worsens from an aesthetic concern to something that threatens the health of your entire smile. According to Dr. Robert Harrell at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, when the gap is left untreated the remaining teeth can shift and become visibly misaligned, diminishing the quality of your smile. In some cases, you can even suffer bone loss which threatens the health of all your remaining teeth.
Now here’s the good news: An implant bridge is designed to replace missing teeth when neighboring teeth are still present. It is a significant improvement over the old crown and bridge method, which requires applying crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap. One of the drawbacks is these teeth might otherwise be perfectly healthy.
An implant bridge offers numerous advantages over this procedure. First, there is no need to involve the adjacent teeth. Implant bridges are anchored by two single dental implants on either side of the gap. The implants are fused into the jawbone which makes for an extremely durable and sturdy platform to which the bridge of replacement teeth can be attached.
Implant bridges are much more stable than the crown and bridge method. There is always a risk of breaking the crown and dislodging the entire bridge, whereas a dental implant is much stronger.
In fact, The strength of the posts makes it possible to span larger areas with an implant bridge. Traditional crown and bridge methods are most suitable for replacing a single tooth, with their strength decreasing with the length of the span. Implant bridges are ideal for replacing several missing teeth with only one device.
When the visible tooth structures of implant bridges are made of porcelain, the replacement teeth are as capable as natural teeth and can be made to look nearly identical to them.
Don’t let missing teeth keep you from having the brilliant, healthy smile you want and deserve. Pick up the phone and call Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today at 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page to connect with us. We are ready to schedule your free, no-obligation smile consultation so don’t delay.