Dental implants vs. Bridges
A dental implant provides an anchor for multiple dental prosthetics, including a dental bridge. We can restore multiple missing teeth, or even an entire arch of missing teeth through an implant and bridge system. Working with our team at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC we can improve your bite and restore your aesthetic with implants and a dental bridge when multiple teeth are missing.
A traditional dental bridge is a fantastic option for replacing multiple missing teeth. The system works by placing false teeth where the patient has missing teeth. It is held in place with dental crowns on either end over a secure post or anchor. The downside can be in establishing anchors to support the device. Traditionally, we have used healthy teeth to serve as anchors, which can be a great option, but at times healthy teeth are unavailable. Additionally, it’s not ideal to permanently alter otherwise healthy teeth unnecessarily if other options are available.
A dental implant can be used as one or more anchors to hold a bridge in place. We surgically embed the implant in the location of an already missing tooth. Once healed, the implant is a firm post in your mouth, establishing a connection straight to the jawbone. This is good for replacement, and also good for the bone.
The process generally includes:
An implant can be helpful in multiple capacities. It can serve as one anchor, two anchors, or multiple anchors to set a full arch bridge as seen in the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. Today, we can provide you with replacement teeth that look real, feel real and stay permanently in place.