When you lose a tooth, your confidence was lost along with it. When multiple teeth are missing in a row, your self-esteem is not the only thing that suffers. Now, you have a difficult time chewing many foods while you may not speak as clearly as you once had. To fill the empty space, you have tried a traditional bridge, but it did not feel natural. At Tarpon Shores Dental, we can help you regain the next best thing to your natural teeth with an implant-retained bridge.
A traditional dental bridge has been a go-to solution to treat tooth loss for decades because it is affordable and effective. A bridge of prosthetic teeth is used to fill the gap. To anchor it in place, dental crowns are placed on your adjacent teeth.
While it will complete your smile, it will never feel natural. Not to mention, it comes with many disadvantages, such as damaged to your adjacent teeth, does not stop bone loss in your jaw, and it must be replaced every few years. An implant-retained bridge resolves all these complications.
By using one or two implant posts to anchor the bridge instead of using crowns, it stimulates your jawbone to preserve your bone density. By encouraging new bone growth, the posts will fuse with your jaw to create a secure and stable foundation. Since it does not reply on your adjacent teeth to hold it in place, you will improve your oral health.
If you have tried a traditional bridge in the past but did not achieve the results you wanted, dental implants may be the solution for you. You will enjoy many added benefits that are not possible with a conventional treatment, such as:
If you are ready to start your journey to a complete smile, you will first need to schedule a consultation to ensure that you are a candidate. Generally, if you have good oral and overall health, you can begin the first stage of the treatment process.
Your gum tissue will be opened to expose your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it to allow the implant post to be placed. The tissue will be stitched closed to allow the healing process to begin. Over the next several weeks, your jawbone will fuse to the post.
After you have healed, you will have an abutment placed on the post by opening the gum tissue. A custom-made bridge is then attached to it to fill the empty spaces. Your prosthetic teeth will be designed to meet your exact needs, so no one will be able to tell that they are not your own.
Stop living with the challenges of missing teeth. Invest in your quality of life with an implant-retained bridge. Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation.