If you’ve experienced tooth loss of one or a few consecutive teeth that create a gap in your mouth, you may have been told you need a dental bridge to restore your smile and bite. Dr. Amin Samadian offers both single implant crowns and implant-supported bridges for multiple missing teeth where the bone is not adequate for single implants so your smile looks and feels as natural as before.
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Traditional bridges are custom fit to restore a missing tooth by affixing to adjacent teeth to hold it in place. While this works well for some patients, there’s a risk of losing bone and gum integrity without the tooth root. If the teeth that are going to hold the bridge are missing or are not strong enough, placing an implant that acts as a tooth root, helps keep bone and gum tissue healthy and thriving while filling the missing tooth’s gap.
Dr. Samadian highly recommends implant-supported bridges for fixing multiple missing teeth because they’re connected on each side to posts implanted in your jawbone. This does two things. One, the implants preserve your jawbone from resorption so you maintain the density and integrity of your bone structure. Two, there are no visible signs you even have a bridge, as the implants connect out of sight beneath the bridge, not to adjacent teeth for support. Dental bridges are often a great alternative to dentures. They look, feel, and function just like the rest of your teeth without detracting from your natural smile.