A dental bridge is a perfect option to address between one and three missing teeth in a row. Typically, they’re held in place with lifelike crowns, but your El Paso, TX, dentists can offer one that is far more secure using dental implants. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the benefits of securing a dental bridge with dental implants!
The Causes of Tooth Loss
Why do we lose our natural teeth? Sometimes, the culprit is an accidental injury. You could also have a tooth develop decay or infection that grows so severe the tooth needs extraction to safeguard the rest of the smile. However, the most common cause is gum disease. Unless managed with routine care in-office and at-home, gum disease could reach and advanced stage known as periodontitis, which attacks the tissues connecting your teeth and gums. This leads to adult tooth loss and impacts the appearance and function of your smile.
The Dental Bridge
Typically, we remove structure from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. We refer to these as abutment teeth. The prosthetic consists of the new teeth, known as pontics, with crowns attached to each end. We place the crowns on the prepared teeth, which secures the prosthetic for between 10 and 15 years on average. The materials we use to create them ensure your new prosthetic blend with the smile, while also providing a durable chewing surface to restore your ability to smile and eat with confidence.
Securing Them with Implant Dentistry
With implant dentistry, we don’t need to remove structure from nearby teeth. Instead, we insert one or more dental implants into the jawbone. We then attach the crowns to the dental implants, which secures the new teeth. Since dental implants stimulate the growth of jawbone structure, this means your new teeth could stay in place for decades, maybe even a lifetime! If you have gum disease, we may need to manage the issue with treatment prior to placing the new roots. If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss, or about how we use advanced implant dentistry to help people obtain stunning and full smiles once again, then please contact our team today.
SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO PROVIDES PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we want to help people with tooth loss obtain a full, functional, and yes, beautiful smile. Our team knows how to create strong and lifelike options that restore your ability to eat your favorite foods and smile and laugh with confidence. For more information on addressing one or more missing teeth with custom prosthetics and dental implants, then contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.