A traditional dental bridge is held in place with crowns, and needs to be replaced every few years. But we could offer one secured with one or two dental implants. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about how we secure a dental bridge with dental implants, and the benefits this offers for smiles.
Tackling Minor Tooth Loss
When you lose two to four teeth in a row, you have tooth loss too minor for a partial or full denture, but large enough that individual dental implant for each missing tooth is too much. Instead, you could receive a dental bridge supported with one to two dental implants. Filling this gap helps protect your bite function and ability to enjoy your favorite foods. You also avoid potential complications with how you speak. Your jawbone and facial structure is also preserved as well, as you avoid the loss of mass and density in the jaw that typically occurs following tooth loss. The posts will act as new roots and prevent the loss of mass and density in the jaw as a result.
Creating a Dental Prosthetic
What about the bridge portion? We will custom-make your prosthetic, which ensures it fits comfortably and preserves your bite balance, and also offers a lifelike appearance. We begin by taking detailed digital images of your smile from multiple angles, and using them to design and fabricate your dental bridge. The finished prosthetic will contain new teeth, which are referred to as pontics, with crowns on one or both ends. These are made from ceramic, which can endure daily bite forces and also be color matched to offer a lifelike appearance.
The Benefits of Implant Support
We will use digital surgical technology to guide the new post into the jaw, setting them at an angle and position that supports your new teeth and also stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue. Once they’re in place, we will add abutments to the post and attach the finished bridge. You now have a prosthetic that can last for decades to come instead of just ten years, and will look and function like natural teeth. This also safeguards your smile against further tooth loss, and from developing a prematurely aged appearance due to your missing teeth.
If you have any questions about securing a fixed prosthetic to handle minor or severe cases of tooth loss, then contact our team today to learn more about our approach to implant dentistry.
Do You Need a Fixed Prosthetic?
We’re ready to treat the unsightly gaps in your smile with a durable and lifelike prosthetic. To learn more about treatment for your missing teeth, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.