Dental bridges are one of the oldest forms of dental treatment. In the past, tooth loss was much more common, and solutions like bridges and dentures were frequently used to rebuild patients smiles. Though advanced dental treatment has significantly lowered the overall rates of tooth loss, many patients still rely on bridges and dentures to preserve their smiles because of it. At our Ft. Worth, TX, office, we can often improve patients’ current dental bridges by replacing them with dental implant-supported restorations. Unlike more conventional options, implants give your bridge the benefit of anchored posts, much like your healthy, natural teeth roots.
What your current dental bridge is lacking
The roots of your lost teeth aren’t always a focus of most traditional tooth replacement options. Instead, they focus on rebuilding your smile’s ability to function properly by filling out the spaces in your smile caused by tooth loss. This is important for several reasons, including restoring your smile’s confident appearance as well as your ability to bite and chew your food properly. However, without the support of roots, your dental bridge can’t fully restore your smile or the vital functions that your healthy, natural teeth are responsible for.
What do dental implants do differently?
Until dental implants became popular, the idea of replacing lost teeth roots wasn’t a popular one. Nevertheless, the effects of missing teeth roots have long been well-documented, and affect nearly every aspect of your oral health. For example, your teeth roots are responsible for stimulating your jawbone when you bite and chew, which is the only way your body knows that it needs minerals and nutrients. Dental implants, which replace your lost teeth roots, help ensure that your jawbone doesn’t suffer from reduced stimulation after you’ve lost one or more teeth.
The advantages of an implant-supported bridge
Replacing lost teeth roots is the only thing that a dental implant-supported bridge does differently than your current one. Yet, it’s a significant difference, and one that has resounding benefits for your immediate and long-term oral health. One of the most significant of these benefits involves the preservation of your jawbone. Losing teeth roots and the stimulation they provide is a common risk factor for losing more teeth in the future, as this can cause your jawbone to grow weaker and smaller over time. Implants improve the long-term health and integrity of your jawbone and smile in a way that traditional dental bridges can’t.
Learn how to improve your bridge with dental implants
If your current dental bridge isn’t supported by one or more dental implants, then learn why it should be. For more information, 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.