Crown vs. Implant-supported Dental Bridges: Which Is Better for Me?
By on November 05, 2014
Here at Clarksville Smiles, we always use the latest treatments available to help our patients smile with confidence. When it comes to tooth loss, this often means the use of dental bridges, an escellent solution when people are missing a few teeth. The topic of fixed dental bridges has come up in a few discussions at the practice, so we'd like to cover the basics of fixed dental bridges on our blog right now.
About Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are appliances that are place when a patient is missing a few teeth in a row. The dental bridge fills the gap, bridging the empty space between your remaining teeth or simply along the dental arch.
Traditional bridges are held by latching around the patients existing teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. While these are somewhat sturdy, the kinds of bridges we will be looking at offer much greater stability and hold.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Bridges
The best candidates for dental bridges are people who are missing a few teeth in a row. If a patient is missing most or all of his or her teeth along the dental arch, a dental bridge is not an ideal option any longer. In those cases, the use of a partial denture or full denture is recommended.
About Crown-Supported Dental Bridges
Crown-supported dental bridges refer to dental bridges that are fixed in place by dental crowns on either side of the bridge. Dental crowns are caps that fit over a tooth snugly, protecting it from further damage and providing fully restored function as well.
For best results, it's idea for there to be a natural teeth on either side of the tooth gap that can be capped with their own dental crowns to stabilize the bridge when it's in place.
Benefits of Crown-Supported Dental Bridges
Crown-supported dental bridges are extremely sturdy, offering much greater stability than removable dental bridges. They are very unlikely to slip out of place or fall out when you are speaking, biting, or chewing, so you can do so with confidence.
About Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported dental bridges refer to bridges that are held in place using dental implants. The dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into your jawbone and gum tissue. Over the course of a few months, the dental implants fuse completely with the bone structure and roots, essentially becoming new tooth roots.
Once the fusion of the dental implants and existing oral structures is completed, the implants will be able to securely anchor a dental bridge in place.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Dental implants offer the best stability and strength when it comes to supporting a dental appliance of any kind. There is very little chance that the bridge will slip or fall out when biting, chewing, or speaking. In addition, the dental implants prevent bone loss and gum recession from occurring, which is a common issue when someone is missing teeth. This means an excellent solution for all of the primary problems face when they have lost a tooth or multiple teeth.
We should note that dental implants can also be used to hold partial dentures, full dentures, and individual dental crowns in place.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatments
For more information about dental bridges and the various options available for fixing these appliances in place, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The entire team here at Clarksville Smiles looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve the best dental care results possible.
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