Many adults who are missing one or more of their natural teeth try to downplay the effects of tooth loss on their lives. Some of these people believe that they can get by without a tooth or two - after all, missing teeth are mainly just a cosmetic problem, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.
The negative consequences of missing teeth extend to the entire mouth, in terms not only of its appearance, but also of its function and health. Fortunately, advanced restorative dentistry treatments allow people who are missing teeth to return health, beauty, and function to their mouths. This is especially true when bridges are supported by dental implants, which restore the oral health of patients to its optimal state.
Are you a good candidate for dental bridges, with or without dental implants? The only way to know for sure is to meet with one of the experienced dental experts of Boston Prosthodontics. We will evaluate your mouth and advise you of the options available to you to restore your oral health and your beautiful smile. For patients of our dental practice in Boston, dental bridges of the most surpassing standard are customized to meet their unique needs and goals.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are appliances that are designed to look, feel, and function like the natural teeth they are replacing. They are composed of between one and three artificial teeth supported by a dental crown on either end. The two dental crowns are connected to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap from which teeth are missing, allowing the replacement teeth to literally bridge the gap.
While conventional dental bridges are highly effective at restoring oral health to the mouth, they do require the natural teeth surrounding the gap to be physically altered in order to accommodate the crowns that support the bridge. This is why implant-supported bridges are an ideal alternative for many of our patients. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically embedded into the jaw, where they act as artificial tooth roots. Once they heal into place, they can be used to secure the bridge without the need for alteration of natural, healthy teeth.
Candidacy for Dental Bridges
Most patients who are missing between one and three consecutive teeth are good candidates for dental bridges. Suitable candidates must be in reasonably good oral and overall health, free from gum disease. Patients with gum disease should have their periodontal issues treated before having bridges placed.
In order to be fitted with conventional dental bridges, patients must have teeth that are sufficiently strong and healthy to support the crowns on either side of the bridge. In order to be fitted with implant-supported bridges, candidates must have good jawbone density. Patients with insufficiently dense jawbones may be able to undergo implant surgery after undergoing a bone grafting procedure.
Learn More about Candidacy for Dental Bridges
To learn more about whether you are a good candidate for a dental bridge or to schedule your initial consultation at our dental practice, please contact Boston Prosthodontics today.