Implant-Retained Bridges – Boston, MA
A Better Way to Fill in the Gap
Losing several teeth in a row can make life difficult. You won’t be able to chew your food like you used to, you’ll likely have trouble pronouncing certain words clearly, and all eyes will be drawn to the gap whenever you smile. Dental implants are often said to be the best solution for missing teeth, but you may be reluctant to get a separate implant for each tooth. However, it’s possible to replace multiple teeth at once with just one or two dental implants with the help of a dental bridge. Get in touch with Kraft & Schrott Dental Associates today to learn more about how we can pair implants with a bridge in order to build a strong, long-lasting new smile.
Two Consecutive Missing Teeth
When it comes to using implants to fill in empty space in your smile, the math tends to be pretty simple when there’s only one missing tooth: a single implant for a single crown. However, that doesn’t mean you always need an individual implant post for every tooth. If you’ve lost two teeth that were right next to each other, the crowns that replace them can be joined together and anchored to a singled dental implant post.
Three or More Consecutive Missing Teeth
Typically, a dental bridge is made of two dental crowns and at least one prosthetic tooth. The normal method for placing a bridge is to bond the crowns to the healthy teeth surrounding the gap. Doing so will let them stay firmly in place whenever you bite or chew your food. However, the downside is that some enamel would need to be removed from your remaining teeth in order to make room for the bridge. If you’ve lost three or more teeth in a row, we can place the bridge on a pair of dental implants instead. This lets you preserve more of your natural teeth, and it’s also an efficient way to fill in a gap with the fewest number of implants possible.
Multiple Missing Teeth Throughout the Arch
In the event that you’ve lost more than one tooth in different parts of the mouth, dental implants can still be used to replace them; the question becomes what kind of restoration they’ll have to support. In some situations, you can get partial dentures (special dentures that are specially designed to fit into the gaps in your specific mouth) supported by a strategic number of implants. We can go over your options during the initial implant consultation.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Bridges or Partial Dentures
Attaching a bridge or partial denture to dental implants has a number of advantages, including:
- Improved biting force that allows you to continue to enjoy your favorite meals.
- Secure new teeth that do not have to be removed and will not slip at awkward moments.
- Stimulation for the jawbone so that it doesn’t break down over time.
- Avoiding the need to alter existing tooth structure, thus preserving the strength of your remaining teeth.
- A lifespan that can easily reach 30 years or longer (compared to traditional restorations that might have to be replaced every 10 years or so).