Missing teeth can lead to a number of dental problems, and we don’t just mean aesthetic ones. Having a missing tooth also means bone loss and gum recession in the area of the tooth gap, gradual misalignment of the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap, and potential speech impediments and problems with biting and chewing. This is why so many people throughout the Fort Worth area come to The Dental Implant Place. Getting dental implants allows people to bite and chew as if they had natural teeth again, restoring the appearance of their smile as well as their overall dental health and wellness.
Right now, we would like to focus on the nature of implant-supported dental bridges and why they are such a great idea if you are missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
First things first, let’s talk about dental implants themselves.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded in the jawbone and gum tissue of a patient’s mouth. When in place, they prevent gum recession and bone loss and they also provide a level of hold and stability that is comparable to your natural tooth roots.
Keep in mind that dental implants are not teeth themselves but are used to hold dental appliances in place. Dental implants can be used to retain dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
Ideal Candidates for Implant-supported Dental Bridges
The best candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are people who are missing a few (or several) teeth in a row. They should have sufficient gum tissue and jawbone density in place to support the dental implants and they should be in good overall health in order to tolerate the oral surgery without any risk.
If a patient does not have sufficient bone density or gum tissue in place, grafting procedures can be performed in order to improve soft and/or hard tissue density. These procedures can be discussed in more detail during your visit.
The Benefits of Implant-supported Dental Bridges
The primary advantage of dental implants bridges is that they are very secure and are unlikely to slip or fall from regular use like traditional dental bridges. In addition, implant-supported dental bridges do not have the telltale seamline of removable dental bridges, which makes the dental bridges blend in seamlessly with your smile and seem like a perfect continuation of your natural teeth.
The Implant Dentistry Process: The Basics
There are three basic steps to the dental implants process:
- The Oral Surgery: Placement of the Dental Implants – During the initial oral surgery, patients are placed under general anesthetic to avoid undue pain. With traditionally-sized dental implants, an incision is made in the gums, and then the implant is screwed into place. With small diameter dental implants, a tiny pinhole is made in the gum tissue and the implants are gently rotated into the jawbone itself.
- Recovery from Surgery: Osseointegration – Full recovery from the surgery will take a few months since a process known as osseointegration will need to take place. This essentially means the fusion of the dental implants with the gums and bone, allowing it to be anchored completely in your dental arch. This allows for the strong hold of a dental appliance.
- Placement of the Custom Dental Bridge – The dental implants bridges will be digitally designed and created just for you in our in-house dental lab. The placement and fitting of the bridge will occur when you are fully healed.
Learn More About Advanced Restorative Dentistry
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, be sure to contact our implant dentistry dental office today. Dr. Steve Brown looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make smart decisions about all of your dental health needs.