A traditional bridge, commonly referred to as a “crown and bridge,” is designed to replace missing teeth when neighboring teeth are still present. An implant bridge is designed to do exactly the same, albeit with a slightly different approach that results in a much more effective finished product. The typical dental bridge requires at least one crown on a neighboring tooth. After the existing teeth are prepared for the crowns, the crowns are fabricated with an additional tooth in between that fits in the empty space. The crowns are then applied and cemented in place, providing a replacement tooth in the gap.
An implant bridge offers numerous advantages over this procedure. First, there is no need for crowning existing teeth. Although the traditional variation permits retention of the natural tooth, much of its structure must be altered in order to facilitate the crown. What’s more, after many years, crowns may fail, leading to invasion of pathogens and harmful microorganisms.
Implant bridges are different in that they consist of two implants on either side of the gap as opposed to crowned natural teeth. The two posts are inserted in the appropriate places and, similarly to single dental implants, are given time to fuse with the bone. This makes for an extremely durable and sturdy platform to which the bridge will be attached. Once the posts are secure, crowns are created with the appropriate replacement teeth spanning between them.
Implant dentistry makes it possible to replace missing teeth in a whole new way. If you are in search of a permanent, high-quality and attractive tooth replacement option, Dr. Harrell can provide a cutting-edge implant bridge. Regardless of your needs, Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne is committed to providing you with a smile that will not only make you proud, but keep your mouth healthy for years to come. Call (704) 541-9888 or email Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today to schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. During your consultation, a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will look when your treatment is complete.