If you are among the 120 million adults in the United States who are missing at least one tooth, your quality of life has suffered from your incomplete smile. Now, you not only feel insecure about your appearance, but you also struggle to chew many of your favorite foods. You have probably also noticed some changes to your oral health. To fill the gap, you may have tried a traditional bridge; however, it did not give you the results you had wanted. You are not out of options. At Tarpon Shores Dental, we will help you regain the next best thing to your natural teeth with an implant-retained bridge.
A traditional bridge involves the use of prosthetic teeth to fill the empty space. The appliance is then held in place by putting dental crowns on your adjacent teeth. While it is effective, it causes you to permanently alter the structure of your surrounding teeth, and it does not provide a long-term solution.
As an alternative, you can use an average of one or two implant posts to anchor the bridge in place. Your jawbone will fuse to them to create a secure and stable foundation to allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again. With over a 95% success rate, you will make a true investment in your oral health and your quality of life with an option that has the potential to last forever.
When compared to a traditional bridge, there are several benefits that you will enjoy when choosing dental implants, including:
To ensure that dental implants are right for you, you will first require a consultation. In addition to a visual examination, diagnostic images are taken to evaluate your jawbone and to determine the best placement for your posts.
During the first phase of your treatment, your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it to allow a biocompatible titanium implant post to be inserted. Your gum tissue is then sutured closed and the healing process will begin.
Over the next several weeks, your jawbone will fuse to the post. This allows it to potentially remain in place forever. After adequate healing has occurred, you will return for the restoration phase. This will involve reopening your gum tissue to allow an abutment to be placed onto the implant post. Finally, a bridge of prosthetic teeth will be attached to it. They will be made to match the size, shape, and color of your remaining natural teeth to blend in seamlessly when you smile.
If you are ready to stop living with the challenges of missing teeth, we can help. Contact our office today to see if an implant-retained bridge is right for you.