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Single Implants, Implant Dentures and Implant Bridges

Dental bridges have provided replacement teeth for many decades. In fact, they are the gold standard for replacing a single tooth, or a few teeth in a row. Today, patients can choose from a traditional bridge, attached to dental crowns, or an implant-retained bridge, secured to one or more implant posts anchored in the jawbone.

Who Needs a Dental Bridge?

Anyone who is missing one permanent tooth or a few permanent teeth in a row will benefit from a dental bridge. A complete examination is necessary so that the dentist can determine whether your mouth is healthy enough for a bridge. In some cases, periodontal therapy may be necessary to create a healthy foundation for restorations. For patients missing many teeth, the dentist may suggest a full or partial denture, instead of a bridge.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge has many health benefits, but also delivers a positive emotional impact.

  • Contributes to a natural, young, and healthy-looking smile, as well as improved self-image
  • Improves the ability to bite, chew, and eat foods
  • May improve enunciation of words and overall speech quality
  • Reduces the likelihood for losing more teeth in coming years

The Traditional Bridge

A conventional bridge is made of a crown, one or more replacement teeth, and a second crown. The crowns attach to healthy, natural teeth and hold the replacement teeth in place, over the site of the missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are permanent, non-removable appliances. With proper care, they can last up to 10 years or longer.

Implant-Retained Bridge

Instead of attaching to crowns on natural teeth, a bridge can be secured to one or more dental implants, placed into the jawbone during a brief surgery. Implant-retained bridges do not require support by healthy teeth, and implant posts stimulate the jaw to reduce the potential for future bone deterioration. With good oral health, implants can last a lifetime.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

You do not have to suffer with the impaired function and physical appearance of missing teeth. To learn more about traditional and implant-retained bridges, or other dental prosthetics, call the Value Dental Center near you today and reserve an appointment.

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