Dental Implants for Supporting Bridges
Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
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Both dental implants and dental bridges are solutions for replacing missing teeth. When placed in a traditional manner, dental bridges are anchored to adjacent teeth, allowing them to hold one to three dental crowns in place.
While this is a wonderful solution for restoring function and aesthetics to your smile, using adjacent teeth for support can place undue strain on your natural teeth, causing further issues. In addition, because these restorations are placed on top of the gums, they do not prevent bone loss around the missing teeth, which will require adjustments or replacement of your dental bridge over time.
Dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone, eliminating strain on adjacent teeth while preventing bone loss by acting as a new tooth root. This is the strongest and most reliable solution for tooth replacement.
Dental Implants and Dental Bridges
Dental implants are the most secure form of tooth replacement, but the combined surgical and recovery time along with their higher cost make them less than ideal for replacing multiple teeth. If you are missing several teeth in a row, Dr. Lindsey Marshall may recommend using dental implants to support a bridge, allowing for an optimally secure hold.
To perform this procedure, Dr. Marshall will work with a periodontist to place dental implants in the last gap left by missing teeth on both sides. She will then affix dental crowns to the implants to which your bridge can be attached.
This is an ideal solution for many people who are missing three or more teeth in a row, but may not be right for you. Dr. Marshall will assess your candidacy for dental implants and help you determine the best solution for your smile during your initial consultation.