Replacing lost teeth has long been an important part of professional dentistry, and over the centuries, it has evolved in many different ways. For example, modern dental prostheses such as bridges and dentures are designed to closely resemble the size, shape, color, and appearance of healthy, natural teeth in many different ways. At our Ft. Worth, TX, office, we also provide modern prostheses that are supported by one or a series of root-like dental implant posts. In addition to their lifelike appearance, implant-supported prostheses also address the important aspects of replacing lost teeth in a more effective and comprehensive manner.
Replacing a lost tooth
Tooth loss can occur to any degree, but for many people, it begins with a single lost tooth. Traditionally, replacing a lost tooth required a fixed dental bridge that consisted of a realistic tooth replacement, called a pontic, and one or a pair of dental crowns that support it. These crowns are bonded, or fixed, to healthy remaining teeth nearby, known as abutment teeth. However, with a dental implant, we can replace a single lost or extracted tooth’s root and fix a custom-designed dental crown to the top of it. This creates a highly lifelike replica of your lost tooth’s root and crown that doesn’t need the support of healthy teeth.
Replacing multiple adjacent teeth
For some patients, a fixed dental bridge can also be created to replace multiple lost teeth if they were adjacent to each other. Instead of a single pontic, a bridge can be created with an appropriate number of replacement teeth to successfully fill the gap in your smile. Because the prosthesis is fixed and designed to rest on healthy teeth, traditional bridges may be limited by the number of teeth they need to replace. However, with an appropriate number of dental implants, a bridge can enjoy the full support of root-like anchors and more fully restore your bite function.
Replacing a full row of lost teeth
When you’ve lost all of your teeth the upper or lower dental ridge, a full denture can be created to replace them all. Full dentures are designed to fit comfortably and sturdily on your dental ridge, using the natural curvature of the ridge to remain in place and, in some cases, adhesives. By comparison, a dental implant-supported denture can completely restore your dental ridge and the roots of your lost teeth with more stable and lifelike results. That includes a full row of replacement teeth that don’t shift or move uncomfortably along your dental ridge, and roots that help keep your jawbone strong and healthy for life.
Improve your prosthesis with dental implants
With the help of dental implants, your replacement crown, bridge, or denture can fully restore your smile’s appearance, bite function, and much more. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, call The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.