There are numerous consequences of losing natural teeth. Missing teeth can ruin your smile, make it difficult to eat, or put you at greater risk of tooth infections or gum disease. At Shadowridge Dental Group in Vista, California, we offer various restorative options for replacing lost teeth, one of which is implant-supported bridges. If you’re missing one or more teeth, a fixed dental bridge can restore your smile to its former glory.
Dental bridges are artificial teeth used to replace consecutive missing teeth. Standard bridges are attached to natural teeth on either side of the gap left by lost teeth. In contrast, an implant-supported bridge is secured permanently to implants which will be placed into your jawbone. The number of implants you’ll need depends on the number of teeth you’re replacing. As a rule of thumb, two implants are generally used to support three replacement teeth.
There are numerous benefits to securing a fixed bridge to implants. Here are just a few:
An evaluation by our team will determine if an implant-supported bridge is a good option for you. This treatment requires that you have good oral health and enough jawbone structure to support the placement of implants. We will consider all your options for tooth replacement and recommend the one best suited to your oral needs.