What Makes Implant Bridges Last?

santa rosa implant bridgeWe can do more than just place an individual dental implant to address tooth loss. If you have a larger gap in your smile, we can support a bridge that looks natural and lasts far longer than traditional options. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa, CA, oral and maxillofacial surgeons talk about the benefits of our dental implant bridges and taking on your tooth loss.

The Reason for Receiving a Dental Prosthetic

As we mentioned above, a single dental implant can help address a single missing tooth. But if you have a gap of two to four missing teeth in a row, then placing four individual dental implants may not be the best option. Instead, we could use them to support a dental bridge, which literally bridges the gap in your smile. The prosthetic contains the new teeth, known as pontics, with crowns on each end. Traditionally, we would attach these restorations to the abutment teeth on each side of the gap. However, with implant dentistry we instead attach them to one or two free standing dental implants, which preserves natural tooth structure and offers a prosthetic that can last for decades, not just ten years.

The Stability and Longevity of Dental Implants

Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, where they act like tooth roots and prevent the jawbone from losing mass and density, so you don’t risk further tooth loss and your prosthetic doesn’t need to be removed due to changes in the shape of the jaw ridge. With advanced technology and biocompatible materials, we can insert implants in your smile and stimulate jawbone growth to ensure they last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. We then complete it with lifelike crowns or even a prosthetic, so you can smile with confidence again.

Connecting Your New Teeth

The dental bridge will be crafted based on detailed images and impressions taken of your smile, and made using durable and lifelike materials that can be shaded to blend with your smile and also support your daily eating habits. The bridge is designed to last, and connecting it to the implants means a full smile that can last too. If you have one or more missing teeth, don’t live with gaps in your smile and complications in your daily life, talk to our team about a secure and durable replacement option.

Do You Have Questions About Our Prosthetics?

A full smile that looks and acts like a natural one is possible with implant dentistry! To learn more about how we support a dental prosthetic with implants, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625. Whether you have minor or severe tooth loss, we can secure a new smile with implant dentistry.