Dental bridges have been around for centuries helping people who have experienced tooth loss to regain confidence in their smiles. Technological advances in both materials and the way that bridges are created have allowed for more lifelike and better-fitting dental crowns. Materials such as porcelain create a prosthetic that looks and acts like a natural tooth. Digital technology can help map out a bridge designed to precisely fit your smile. Another important advantage for today’s modern bridges have over the bridges of the past is the addition of dental implants. Implants are small titanium posts that act as replacements for teeth roots. Paired with a dental bridge, an implant can provide improved comfort, stability, and longevity to the restoration.
How a Traditional Bridge Works
A dental bridge spans a gap with one or more prosthetic teeth, depending on how many you need to replace. To remain in place, a conventional bridge relies on the support of dental crowns on either side of it, much like a bridge is anchored on either side of a body of water. The crowns can be bonded to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile or to teeth that may benefit from a crown’s addition. Placing a bridge onto surrounding healthy teeth often requires your dentist to modify your healthy tooth structure.
The Benefits of an Implant’s Support
A bridge supported by an implant can rest more snugly against the gumline, which can prevent bacteria from hiding beneath the restorative device. An implant can also help prevent your jawbone from facing degradation called bone resorption. When you lose teeth, your jawbone can begin to lose important minerals and eventually become softer and weaker. An implant helps to stimulate the bone and keep the nutrients and minerals flowing to it to keep it strong and healthy.
A dental implant can provide a strong foundation for your bridge
If you need to restore one or more lost teeth, 7 Day Dental can help you decide the best way to do it. To schedule a consultation, contact one of our offices closest to you in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.