A dental bridge is a common treatment for patients who are missing one or more teeth. A dental bridge is composed of multiple crowns that are fused together and used to span the gap of missing teeth. This solution can restore aesthetics and functionality to those missing anywhere from one or more teeth in a row. When it comes to dental bridges, most patients have the option of a traditional bridge or an implant supported bridge. While both options provide similar results, they differ in several areas.
What is a Traditional Dental Bridge?
A traditional dental bridge uses the fused crowns to fill in the gap of missing teeth. This option requires a patient to have healthy teeth on both sides of the area of missing teeth because the bridge will be connected to these healthy teeth. When performing this treatment, your dentist will have to physically alter the surrounding teeth to have them support the bridge. This means that while you do get your missing teeth replaced, it comes at the cost of the integrity of your natural healthy teeth. And if you don’t have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap, then this option will not work for you. The benefits of traditional bridges include:
- Affordable restoration
- No advanced surgery required
- Quick treatment time
How is an Implant Supported Bridge Different?
An implant supported bridge differs from a traditional dental bridge in that it does not require the alteration of healthy teeth. Instead, your dentist will use dental implants as the anchors for the bridge. These implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone and offer a significantly stronger hold as well as improved oral health. The implants themselves actually stimulate the jaw bone to encourage future growth. Implant supported bridges can also be used in areas of the mouth where there are no supporting healthy teeth. This makes it a more natural and flexible option for use after tooth loss. The advantages to choosing an implant supported bridge include:
- Healthier and longer lasting solution to tooth loss
- No damage to healthy teeth
- Able to restore more severe tooth loss
- Improves overall oral health
Why Dental Implants Make a Difference
When it comes to the ultimate in tooth replacement, dental implants are considered the gold standard. The implant itself fuses with the jaw bone for a permanent hold and improves the overall health of the jaw. With an implant in place, the jaw bone will not recede, meaning a patient’s facial appearance won’t alter and surrounding teeth stay in place. With proper care, patients can also expect their dental implants to last them a lifetime, often making the treatment solution more affordable in the long run. While implants do require a surgery, the results are often more natural than other options.
See if Implants are Right for You
Find out if an implant supported bridge is the best solution for you! Reach out to your local dentists, Dr. Robert W. Leedy, Dr. Nikki P. Green, Dr. Sara Chen, Dr. Albert Park, and Dr. Jaci Campo, in our office in Abilene, Texas to schedule your first appointment with us today!