Typically, a dental bridge lasts about 10 to 15 years and is held in place with dental crowns. However, for greater stability, a longer-lasting prosthetic, and a more lifelike appearance, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist can secure them with dental implants. In today’s blog, let’s talk about the benefits of an implant bridge.
This prosthetic helps bridge the gap between your missing teeth. Traditionally, we would remove structure from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, typically referred to as abutment teeth. We then take detailed impressions and use them to design a prosthetic, one that contains pontics (new teeth) with crowns attached to each end. We then place the crowns onto the abutment teeth to secure your pontics firmly in place. While effective, these need replacement every 10 to 15 years, and require the loss of structure from otherwise healthy teeth. With dental implants, we have a longer-lasting option that preserves your remaining teeth.
Placing the Dental Implants
A dental implant is a screw-like device made from titanium, a biocompatible material. After we insert them into the jawbone, they bond with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This secures them like natural tooth roots and supports your prosthetic. Again, we create the bridge from detailed impressions, only this time the crown will be placed onto the dental implants. Your new prosthetic could last for decades, possibly even a lifetime, with proper care and attention. The durable materials we craft them from mean they can absorb bite forces and allow you to eat your favorite foods again. The implants, accepted by the body as natural tooth roots, also stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue to preserve your facial structure and avoid the loss of bone structure that often follows tooth loss.
Maintaining Your New Smile
To keep them strong, and help prevent the loss of additional teeth, we suggest brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Be sure you also clean the space between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic too, where food particles could accumulate. Make time to see our team every six months, so we can monitor your smile and also remove plaque buildup, a major factor in the onset of gum disease and other factors behind adult tooth loss. If you have any questions about treating your tooth loss with implant dentistry, then contact our team today to schedule your next consultation.
Do You Have Missing Teeth?
Our team would like to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile with an implant-secured prosthetic. To learn more about implant dentistry and other tooth loss solutions, then schedule an implant consultation by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM today at 505-299-2979. We also proudly serve patients and families living in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, and all surrounding communities.