A dental bridge is a great choice to replace between one and three missing teeth. While typically held in place with crowns placed on abutment teeth, your Parkville, MO, dentist may be able to instead address tooth loss with implant dentistry. Learn more about how we replace your lost teeth and restore the health and function of your smile.
A dental bridge contains between one and three replacement teeth, but with crowns attached to each end. Typically, we remove structure from the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. We refer to these teeth as abutment teeth. We then place the crowns on them to secure the new ones in place. The prosthetic and crowns will be custom-made based on detailed measurements, impression, and images we take of your smile. We craft them with lifelike materials, such as porcelain, to ensure they not only absorb your bite forces and pressures, but can look natural and match the appearance of the rest of your smile.
With a dental implant version, we don’t need to remove structure from adjacent teeth, which helps preserve your remaining natural teeth. Instead, we insert one to two dental implants into the jawbone. Through a process known as osseointegration, the dental implants actually bond with the bone tissue like a natural tooth root. This stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue, preventing the loss of mass and density that typically follows as a result of missing teeth. These bridges can then last decades, possibly even a lifetime, compared to crown-secured bridges, which usually need replacement every 10 to 15 years. For more severe cases of missing teeth, we can also secure a full denture with multiple dental implants, providing a fixed prosthetic that never slips when you eat or drink, and doesn’t need to be removed for soaking and cleaning!
Do I Qualify?
If you have lost substantial amounts of jawbone tissue due to missing teeth, then we may first need shore up your jaw ridge with a bone grafting procedure. If you have gum disease, which could threaten the stability of your new teeth, as well as your natural ones, we may need to offer treatment to manage the disease and protect your smile as a whole. We will take these and other factors into account before prescribing an implant-secured option. If you have any questions about addressing your tooth loss, then contact our team today. We would love to help you start a new year on the road to a new smile!
Have You Lost a Tooth?
If you have gaps in your smile due to the loss of one or more teeth, then you may benefit from one of our lifelike dental prosthetics. To learn more about our tooth loss treatments, then schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Parkville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.