Replacing Several Teeth
If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges
can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost
natural teeth and some of the roots.
What are the advantages of implant-supported bridges over fixed
bridges or removable partial dentures? Dental implants provide
several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In
addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported
bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural
teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth,
such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent
on support from adjacent teeth.
In addition, because implant-supported bridges will
replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved.
With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the bone that
previously surrounded the tooth root may begin to resorb (deteriorate).
Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping
to keep the bone healthy and intact. In the long term, implants
are esthetic, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede
around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a
visible defect. Resorbed bone beneath bridges or removable partial
dentures can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile. The cement
holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay
teeth that anchor the bridge. In addition, removable partial dentures
can move around in the mouth and reduce your ability to eat certain