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Implants And Bridges
What Are Implants And Bridges?
Dental implants and bridges are two effective solutions for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are surgically inserted titanium posts that act as the roots of artificial teeth. They provide a stable foundation for attaching dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implants offer a long-lasting cure for tooth loss — since they are created to resemble the appearance and functionality of natural teeth.
Bridges, on the other hand, are usually attached to the adjacent teeth using dental crowns. This involves filing down the neighboring teeth to make room for the crowns, which will hold the bridge securely in place. Once the bridge has been cemented into place, it creates a seamless and functional replacement for the missing teeth.
How it works?
Getting dental implants or bridges generally involves multiple steps and requires the expertise of a skilled dentist or oral surgeon.
For dental implants, the first step is a complete examination of your oral health and the jawbone's condition at our office. The implant surgery can be scheduled with an oral surgeon if you have adequate bone density and healthy gums. During the surgery, the implants are placed into the jawbone, and a temporary crown may be attached.
Over the following months, the implants will integrate with the bone, a process that ensures stability and strength. Once the integration is complete, scans are taken, and a custom-made dental crown is created to perfectly match your natural teeth. The crown is then securely attached to the implant, providing a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement tooth.
For bridges, the process begins with examining and preparing the abutment teeth. The dentist will reshape the abutment teeth to make room for the bridge. Scans are then taken, and a dental laboratory creates a custom bridge that matches your natural teeth' color, size, and shape. Once the bridge is ready, it is bonded to the abutment teeth, effectively filling the gap left by the missing teeth and restoring your smile.
Benefits Of Implants And Bridges
Restored Functionality: Dental implants and bridges allow you to speak, eat, and chew with confidence, just like you would with natural teeth. They provide stability and support, ensuring proper biting and chewing function.
Improved Aesthetics: Implants and bridges are designed to closely resemble natural teeth, enhancing the appearance of your smile. They fill gaps, restore symmetry, and give you a youthful and attractive smile.
Enhanced Self-Confidence: With a complete set of teeth, you can regain your self-esteem and feel more comfortable in social and professional settings. Implants and bridges provide a renewed sense of confidence and a radiant smile.
Long-Term Solution: Both implants and bridges are durable and long-lasting dental solutions. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups can serve you well for many years, potentially even a lifetime.
Preservation of Jawbone and Facial Structure: Implants play a crucial role in preserving jawbone integrity by stimulating bone growth through osseointegration. This prevents bone loss and helps maintain facial structure, preventing the sunken appearance often associated with missing teeth.
Convenience and Comfort: Unlike removable dentures, implants and bridges are fixed in place, eliminating the need for adhesives and allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions. They also eliminate the discomfort and inconvenience of removable appliances.