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Understanding the Benefits of Implant-supported Bridges

By Dr. Dan Whiting on July 25, 2019

A three-tooth dental bridge is held in place by two dental implantsIf you have two or more missing teeth in a row, we offer two effective restorative treatments to fill in the gap in your smile: traditional and implant-supported bridges. Compared to traditional dental bridges, implant-supported bridges provide superior stability and maintain the health of the jawbone.

Both types of dental bridges can improve your oral health and function, but implant-supported restorations are the ideal option. At Smiles for Life in Harrisonburg, VA, one of our doctors will be glad to set a consultation to discuss the benefits of implant-supported bridges.

How Do Implant-supported Bridges Work?

Traditional and implant-supported bridges both replace two or more missing teeth in a row.

Traditional bridges are often held in place by neighboring teeth that are capped with a dental crown.

Implant-supported bridges are anchored to the jawbone with a single dental implant or multiple implants, depending on the number of missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that replace missing roots. Because the implants integrate with the jawbone, the prosthetic is able to feel and function like natural teeth.

Top Benefits of Implant-supported Bridges

During your dental bridge consultation at our Harrisonburg office, one of our dentists will discuss the benefits of traditional and implant-supported bridges with you. Implant-supported bridges require a longer treatment timeline but many of our patients have found that the long-term benefits are worth the wait. Patients who undergo implant placement may benefit from:

Superior Stability

Dental implants act as a replacement for your natural tooth root. Because they become a part of your jawbone structure, they can hold your restoration firmly in place.

A Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss

Traditional bridges require support from the natural teeth, meaning there is always a chance that tooth decay or other aspects of aging can compromise the viability of the prosthetic.

On the other hand, dental implants can last a lifetime, when patients exercise proper aftercare. Once your implants have fused with your natural jawbone tissue, the metal posts will provide a permanent platform for your dental bridge.

Retention of Natural Teeth

Implant-supported bridges do not depend upon natural teeth for support. Traditional bridges require that one or more natural teeth be modified to support a dental crown. This process involves removing the outer layer of enamel to make room for a crown.

Patients who undergo implant placement can maintain their natural teeth. After implant placement, the adjacent teeth will not be subjected to the wear and pressure associated with supporting a bridge.

Prevention of Bone Loss

Implant-supported bridges offer many oral health benefits. The dental implants stimulate bone growth. After tooth loss, the underlying bone structure can deteriorate over time since it is no longer being stimulated by the tooth’s roots. Dental implants function like a natural tooth root and prevent bone loss.

This can also prevent the loosening of neighboring teeth. In addition, placement of a bridge can prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More about Implant-supported Bridges

If you wish to replace missing teeth or you are dissatisfied with your traditional bridge, an implant-supported dental bridge can restore your smile while improving your oral health. To set up an appointment, message us today or call (540) 828-2312 to schedule a consultation.

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