Understanding the Benefits of Implant-supported Bridges
If you are missing one to several teeth in a row, Dr. Carmen Every-Degel or Dr. Clifford Degel may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. Traditional bridges fill the space left by missing teeth and are held in place by crowns attached to the surrounding teeth. Implant-supported bridges do not depend on your natural teeth for support and are instead connected to dental implants. Improved stability is just one of the benefits of implant-supported bridges placed at Astoria Dental Group in Queens.
Preparing for Your Bridge
Before you receive an implant-supported bridge, you will need to have dental implants placed within your jaw. These posts will provide the necessary structure to support a bridge. A dental implant is a small post made from titanium or zirconia that is embedded within the bone to replace a natural tooth's roots.
Today's bridges are made of materials that closely resemble natural teeth and even have the same light-reflecting and translucence qualities as enamel.
During the procedure, Dr. Degel will make small incisions in the gums and insert the posts into the jawbone. The area will be allowed to heal for approximately four to six months while the implants fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. When the posts have healed and can withstand the pressure and bite force associated with chewing and speaking, Dr. Degel will be able to attach your permanent dental bridge.
Benefits of Implant-supported Bridges
Any type of dental bridge can vastly improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile after tooth loss. Today's bridges are made of materials that closely resemble natural teeth and even have the same light-reflecting and translucence qualities as enamel. Replacing missing teeth with dental bridges can restore function, allowing you to eat and speak like you normally would.
Maintain Structure of Your Natural Teeth
Compared to traditional bridges, implant-supported restorations offer several advantages. Because they do not depend upon the surrounding teeth for support, these types of restorations do not require any modification to the structure of your natural teeth. The adjacent teeth will remain whole and healthy, and not be subjected to the pressure of supporting a bridge. This can gradually wear and damage the crowned teeth over time.
Prevent Future Bone Loss and Improve Oral Health
Implant-supported bridges can greatly improve your oral health as well. After teeth fall out or are extracted, the underlying bone structure can begin to deteriorate because it is no longer receiving stimulation from the tooth's roots. Dental implants are designed to replace the natural tooth's roots and supply this stimulation to the jawbone. Implant-supported bridges will prevent future bone loss and guard against the loosening of surrounding teeth.
Make an Appointment to Learn More
There is no reason to let missing teeth continue to affect the aesthetics, function, and health of your smile. If you would like to learn more about implant-supported bridges or any of our other restorative dentistry treatments, please contact our office today and schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.