Dental bridges aren’t a new development in dentistry. In fact, they’ve helped tooth loss patients regain confidence in their smiles for centuries. Today, they’re simply made from more lifelike materials than ever before (such as highly realistic dental porcelain) and designed to fit more precisely with the help of digital technology. The other advantage that today’s bridges have over their predecessors is the addition of dental implants—small titanium posts that act as prosthetic teeth roots. Given the improved comfort and stability that they offer replacement teeth, it makes even more sense to consider implants to improve and fortify your bridge.
The Drawbacks of Traditional Bridges
Your conventional bridge spans the gap in your smile with one or more replacement teeth, depending on how many you’ve lost. To remain in place, the bridge relies on the support of dental crowns on either side of it, which are bonded to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. While highly effective, placing a bridge requires your dentist to modify your healthy tooth structure, which could make your teeth weaker and more susceptible to decay.
Fortify Your Bridge with Better Support
After your dentist has placed your dental implant posts in your jawbone and your jawbone has healed (usually between 4-6 months), your dentist can attach your custom-designed dental bridge to the posts. Because the bridge’s supportive posts are embedded in your jawbone, there is no risk of the bridge losing its grip. Because the posts preserve your jawbone’s strength and integrity, you can also prevent your jawbone from shrinking and reduce your risks of experiencing further tooth loss.
Learn About the Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge
If you’ve worn a dental bridge for a while and want a sturdier, more comfortable, and more lifelike option, then ask your dentist about upgrading your bridge with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.