When considering a dental replacement, dental bridges often come to mind. However, implant-supported dental bridges are a little bit different than standard bridges and other tooth replacement methods. If you're interested in these differences, and how they can benefit you, then read on to learn more about implant-supported dental bridges.
One of the things that set dental bridges and implant-supported bridges apart is how they're anchored. Standard dental bridges are only attached to your own teeth. Implant bridges, on the other hand, are anchored at each end to an artificial dental implant, and typically supported elsewhere by additional dental implants.
This means that the bridge has a very strong foundation to rely upon that goes all the way down to your jaw bone. This will help to keep the bridge firmly in place and prevent it from moving around like some other dental replacements do.
No Tooth Damage
Dental bridges are strong, but that strength can sometimes pose a problem for teeth. When a dental bridge is suspended from two real teeth, it can gradually cause wear and tear for those teeth and eventually break down their enamel, too.
Using an implant-supported bridge is better because it's supported by artificial teeth. They don't have enamel to be worn down and can tolerate the strain better than real teeth can. With a bridge supported by implants, you don't have to worry about increasing your chances of losing more teeth because they're helping to support a tooth replacement.
Quicker Recovery Time
Considering a full set of dental implants, may be a good option. However, it does come with its own downside when compared to a dental bridge that's simply supported by dental implants.
Dental implants are typically used on a 1x1 basis. This means that for each missing tooth, an implant is needed. So if you're missing a row of teeth, you could need several implants to replace all of the teeth. With a bridge, though, you may need as few as three implants, as that's all that's required to support the bridge. This will result in a shorter healing time, faster recovery, and will allow you to complete the process and get back to your normal life in a quicker amount of time than choosing a full set of dental implants.
Dental implant-supported bridges are one of the best options you can make if you're missing several teeth in a row. Say yes to this replacement method and talk to a dentist, such as one at New England Dental Specialists of Norwood, about getting the ball rolling on your new replacements.