How are Crowns and Bridges Improved by Implants?
Patients looking to replace missing teeth typically want a restoration that has a natural appearance and offers an authentic, comfortable feel. This may not always be possible with adhesive-based prosthetics, as they rest atop the gums and are susceptible to moving within the smile. Many patients note that traditional appliances feel unnatural and they have difficulty maintaining a strong bite.
Implant-supported replacements are relatively new to dentistry and provide a comprehensive treatment for missing teeth, improving on traditional prosthetics. Our Orange Park dentist, Dr. Betty Klement, explains to patients how dental implants enhance conventional restorations, such as crowns and bridges.
Improving Dental Function
Patients with implant-supported restorations do not have any dietary restrictions like those who have adhesive-based teeth replacements. With dental implants attached to patients’ crowns or bridges, they may enjoy their favorite foods even if they are crunchy or hard. Implant-supported prosthetics receive their strength and stability from the integration of the jawbone and surrounding dental structures.
Traditional restorations rely on suction or products like dental cement to remain in place. Bridges gain their support from hooking onto the crowns of neighboring teeth, meaning they still rest on top of the gums.
Utilizing dental implants to sustain your teeth replacement allows you to speak and eat with confidence. Implant-supported restorations provide you with complete bite function and you do not have to worry about your prosthetic moving out of place.
Preserving a Healthy Jawbone and Natural Smile
If gaps in the smile are left unaddressed for a long period of time, then this can accelerate jawbone resorption. This process is when adjacent bone is depleted and used to fill the empty spaces caused by missing teeth. While traditional prosthetics do well to restore the visual aspects of your smile, they do not replace the roots of teeth to maintain healthy jawbone density. This means these appliances do not stop the progression of decreasing bone mass, which can cause a person to appear prematurely aged.
Implant-supported prosthetics comprehensively replace a tooth from root to crown and do not involve any alterations to surrounding teeth like bridges normally require. This keeps your smile as natural as possible. Implanted crowns can also replace any tooth in your dental anatomy as long your jawbone is able to support the post. With dental implants, you can achieve a complete, beautiful smile that feels natural and maintains your oral health.
At the office of Betty Klement, DMD, we help patients preserve their smiles so they can feel confident when meeting others or attending important events. Our Orange Park dentist and her dental team go the extra mile to ensure patient’s comfort as we discuss with them teeth replacement options that best meet their needs and goals.