Earlier, we spoke about the devastation of losing all of your teeth, and the advantages of replacing them with implant-supported dentures instead of traditional ones, which require adhesive and continuous adjustments. Today, Miami implant dentist Dr. Arun Garg further discusses the benefits of dental implants by speaking on their benefits for replacing only one or a few lost teeth.
Al Bridges Need Support
As its name suggests, a dental bridge spans the void created by missing teeth. Like any good bridge, it requires a base of support to operate. Traditionally, this support is provided by two fabricated crowns on either side of the bridge, which are attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap. The crowns at the ends, like the replacement teeth in the middle, are designed to mimic the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. For the crowns to fit properly, these adjacent teeth (called anchors) must be made smaller. Modifying these healthy teeth, however, means removing a certain amount of tooth enamel and compromising their structural integrity.
A Dental Crown that Can Replace a Tooth?
Even if you’ve only lost a single tooth, a bridge and its traditional apparatus would be required to replace it. While traditional dental crowns are ideal for reinforcing cracked or otherwise weak teeth, a traditional crown cannot replace a tooth without the support a bridge provides. Dental implants, however, change the face of dental crowns and bridgework by providing the same support your natural teeth enjoy. The implant, a small rod or screw made of biocompatible titanium, is surgically inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to it as though it were a real tooth root. Once your jawbone heals, a bridge (for multiple teeth) or a dental crown (for a single tooth) can be attached, and your entire tooth structure is replaced. Because support for the restoration rests within a foundation of bone, there is no need to modify remaining healthy teeth to replace the fallen one.
Let Us Restore Your Smile in Miami
To learn if an implant-supported crown or dental bridge is the right choice for you, schedule a consultation with your Miami dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.