People are often surprised to learn that, after losing teeth, they have several different options for replacing them. Those choices involve more than just a bridge or a denture, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost. For example, at our Ft. Worth, TX, office, we also provide restorations supported on one or more dental implants, which offer replacements for your lost teeth. We also provide a variety of bridges and dentures, including full-arch zirconia bridges that can often create more durable and lifelike results than conventional implant dentures.
The careful science of replacing lost teeth
Choosing the right replacement for your lost tooth or teeth is an important process. As it’s meant to rebuild your smile, it should last for life, and should accomplish all of the functions that your healthy, natural teeth are responsible for. To do this, we perform a comprehensive examination using advanced digital imaging equipment that helps us determine your specific oral health needs. We’ll also consult with your personally to determine which restoration not only meets those needs, but also satisfies your own personal preferences for your smile.
Implant-supported bridges & dentures
The specific type of restoration you receive (i.e., a bridge or a denture) depends on the number of teeth that you need to replace. A bridge is preferred for multiple adjacent lost teeth and is designed to close the gap in your smile. Dentures typically replace an entire row of missing teeth on your upper or lower dental ridge. Regardless of how many teeth you’ve lost, however, the best option is usually to support your restoration on dental implants. In the case of a conventional bridge, dental implants help support your replacement teeth without the need to create abutments out of the healthy teeth nearby. With an implant-supported denture, you can enjoy significantly more comfort and stability by attaching it to a series of dental implant posts.
Zirconium full-arch bridges on implants
If you’ve lost all of the teeth on your dental ridge, then we may recommend a zirconium full-arch dental bridge supported on a series of dental implants as an alternative to a more conventional porcelain bridge. Zirconium is similar to dental porcelain, but offers a higher degree of realism when mimicking the color, tint, and light-reflecting abilities of your healthy, natural teeth. During your exam and consultation, we’ll explain the benefits of a zirconium full-arch bridge and whether or not it may be your best option for bringing your smile back to life. For example, zirconium is way more durable than porcelain – its chemical and physical properties are similar to titanium. Porcelain is also far more absorbent of moisture and bacteria, which is why porcelain dentures must be cleaned by being immersed in solution. Zirconium can simply be brushed like natural teeth.
Find the best option for restoring your smile
At our office, we offer a variety of implant-supported restorations to help ensure we can provide optimal treatment for every patient. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling 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.