A Solution for Multiple Missing Teeth
Dental implants don’t just replace your teeth – they also replace the tooth roots in order to keep the jawbone healthy and strong while providing greater stability and chewing power. But what if the gap in your smile is wider than a single tooth? In these cases, we can use dental implants in Medford along with a dental bridge to replace multiple teeth in a row; this can be the ideal form of tooth restoration in the right situation.
The Process for Implant-Retained Bridges
The first step will be a consultation with your trusted dentist in Medford. We’ll thoroughly examine your mouth and jaw to determine your overall health and the viability of implants as a replacement. In some cases, you may need to get bone grafts so that your jaw will be able to support and integrate with the implants.
Once the necessary preparations have been made, surgery will be performed to place the implants in your jaw. (The procedure can be performed in-house at Premier Care Dental, so don’t worry about needing to see a specialist.) Afterwards, you’ll need a few months to heal, during which time the implants fuse with the jawbone through osseointegration. Finally, we’ll attach a bridge made up of two or more crowns to the implant, completing your new smile.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Bridges
- Maintaining Natural Teeth: Traditional bridges are supported by adjacent teeth, which can weaken them and lead to decay. With implants, natural teeth are left alone, making it easier to keep them healthy through excellent oral hygiene.
- Preventing Bone Loss: A bridge supported by teeth won’t provide the stimulation to the jaw needed to prevent the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. Only a dental prosthetic supported by a dental implant can provide this health benefit.
- Long-Lasting: Dental implants can last for well over 20 years (possibly longer depending on the care they receive), as opposed to traditional bridges that need to be replaced every 5 or 10 years.
- A Stronger, More Natural Looking Smile: A bridge supported by the implant provides chewing power almost equal to that of natural teeth. Also, since the implants are below the gum line, most people won’t notice that you’ve had restorative work done.
What Happens if Missing Teeth are Not Replaced?
Obviously, a missing tooth will leave a noticeable space when you smile, but that’s not the end of the problems it can cause. Your teeth help hold each other in place, so if one is missing, the rest can shift into the gap, which can cause bite problems; it may also lead to a TMJ disorder that causes jaw pain, headaches and other forms of discomfort.
When your teeth shift, it can make it harder to brush and floss all the necessary surfaces, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Factor in bone loss in the jaw, and there’s a good chance that one lost tooth could lead to more if you don’t get a replacement.
Ready to restore your smile? Contact Premier Dental Care today to schedule a consultation!