The good thing about replacing a lost tooth with a modern dental bridge is that you can regain the confidence you once enjoyed in your full, healthy smile. It also restores your bite’s ability to function properly. However, there are some consequences of tooth loss that a traditional bridge can’t address—mainly, the loss of your tooth’s root and what it means for your long-term oral health. For more comprehensive smile restoration, your dentist might recommend upgrading your bridge with dental implants, which mimic the support and function of your healthy, natural tooth roots.
How a Traditional Bridge Works
Dental bridges have been around for ages and their basic construction hasn’t changed much. As always, a bridge consists of a lifelike replacement tooth, known as a pontic, with two supportive crowns that keep the pontic in place. Traditionally, these supportive crowns are attached to the healthy teeth that are nearest the gap in your smile, which your dentist will have to modify in order to accommodate the crowns.
Putting Implants Under Your Bridge
While today’s dental bridges are more lifelike than ever, dental implants offer a level of realism that isn’t otherwise possible. A dental implant is a small, biocompatible post that is inserted into your jawbone. The implant post acts like a tooth root and can support a highly realistic dental crown to replace your lost tooth. If you’ve lost two or more adjacent teeth, then your dentist can fashion a custom bridge and support it on one or more implant posts.
Learn About Improving Your Bridge with Implants
Whether you’ve recently lost a tooth or have worn a dental bridge for years, your long-term oral health is worth considering an upgraded bridge with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling the office of Dr. Jeff Jenkins in Keller, TX, today at (682) 593-0993.