Dental implants can achieve many things for our Denver-area patients. Often, they're used as simple teeth replacement options. However, the flexibility of the implant process and the strength of the implants also makes them ideal for other tasks, including supporting dental bridges.
With implant-supported dental bridges, Dr. Scott Greenhalgh can combine the ease and convenience of traditional bridges with the strength and durability of dental implants. This provides an outstanding, long-term tooth replacement and heads off the serious dental issues associated with missing teeth.
Dr. Greenhalgh will be happy to discuss your bridge and implant options and help you find a choice that is right for you. If you live in the Denver, Colorado, area and you want to learn more about tooth replacement with a combination implant-bridge, please call 303-988-9060 today.
How Can Dental Implants Support Bridges?
The basic dental implant process involves placing a titanium support rod in your jaw, waiting for it to fully integrate into the bone and then capping it with a porcelain dental crown. By contrast, a traditional bridge involves attaching a false tooth to the surrounding natural teeth using metal “wings;” the natural teeth are shaved down and covered with crowns in order to help them support the replacement.
However, a dental implant is usually appropriate when our patients are missing one tooth or a couple teeth. If you need a replacement for an entire row of teeth, dentures are often appropriate; they can also be supported using dental implants.
It's when you're missing several teeth that implant-supported dental bridges often prove useful. The process is quite similar to the traditional placement of dental implants:
- We will implant several titanium support roots in the affected area
- We wait for your body to fully integrate the support rods into your jawbone; this process, known as osseointegration, provides much of the strength and durability associated with dental implants
- Finally, we place the dental bridges on “abutments” which are attached to the support rods
Implant-supported dental bridges offer a number of advantages over traditional bridges, including:
- There is no need to shave down remaining natural teeth
- Increased strength and durability
- More accurately stimulates the look and feel of natural teeth
- Places no additional stress on remaining teeth
- Reverses the onset of decay in the jawbone
Dr. Greenhalgh has decades of experience with dental bridges, dental implants and a wide range of dental work. You can trust that he'll know which tooth replacement option is appropriate for you. Find out if an implant bridge is right for you by calling Scott Greenhalgh, DDS, in Lakewood at 303-988-9060 today.