Dentures to Implant Bridge
You can opt for a conventional removable denture if you are missing a full arch of teeth. However, there are even better alternatives that you can settle for, such as teeth in one day or an implant-supported bridge.
Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry believes the most appropriate alternative to a denture is an implant bridge. A person who has healthy teeth and adequate bone strength is eligible to get an implant bridge. Our dentists can help advise you further if you wish to switch from dentures to an implant bridge.
What Are Implant Bridges?
According to a study by the American Dental Association, an average adult has at least three or more missing or damaged teeth, which means you are not alone if you have multiple missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges share similarities with conventional dentures. The main difference between the two is that the bridges are supported using implants rather than being placed on top of your teeth.
To be eligible for a bridge implant, you need to have good jawbone density and a healthy oral cavity. If you have damaged gums, you can restore them through a periodontal treatment, and if your jawbone density is compromised, you will require a bone graft.
How Do Implant Bridges Work?
The procedure for implant bridges has two surgical steps. If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, the first step involves inserting the implant posts on either end. Following the first procedure, there will be an interval of four to six months to allow the implants to stabilize around the surrounding bone.
Once the process of osseointegration is complete, we begin the second step of the procedure. The placement of the bridge of pontic (replacement) teeth takes place in this step, filling the gap.
Switching From Dentures to Implant Bridge
Dentures have been the go-to option for missing teeth for many years, regardless of the discomfort they cause and the challenges with talking that came with them, mainly due to a lack of options. However, with advancements in technology, we now have implant bridges, which is a far superior choice.
If you still use dentures today, it is in your best interest to switch to implant bridges. Unlike removable dentures, implant bridges offer a long term permanent solution as they last for 10 or more years if maintained properly. Dentures are hard to clean and can displace at any time, whereas implant-supported bridges are fixed in place and are easier to keep clean. Moreover, the placement of an implant-supported bridge inside the bone helps prevent the bone loss that occurs following the loss of teeth.
Traditional Compared to Implant-Supported Bridges
Traditional bridges are very much like implant-supported bridges; however, to be eligible for a conventional bridge procedure, you must have existing teeth on which the crown is mounted to support the bridge. On the other hand, implant bridges have the implant posts to support the bridge.
Dentures and traditional implants are an outdated choice for the replacement of arches of missing teeth. To take full advantage of what bridge implants have to offer, call us at (657) 341-0808 to book an appointment or visit us at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry.