Dr. Cain performs bridgework for selected cases in conjunction with implant dentistry. Without the aid of dental implants, a dental bridge is generally not as effective as a permanent restoration for some patients. It can compromise the neighboring teeth used to secure the dental bridge in place. When used with dental implants, dental bridges can be a very effective type of restoration for missing teeth.
Dental implants, when properly fused to the bone, are extremely effective and long lasting. Because the implant is restored with a dental crown, there is no chance that the artificial tooth will erode or decay.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Replacing missing teeth is extremely important. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. The longer the area is exposed, the more likely the bone is to suffer a significant loss. In addition, missing teeth make it difficult to speak and chew. People who have missing teeth are often embarrassed to smile and avoid social situations. Teeth are an important component in the appearance of the face and helps support the lips and cheeks. Missing teeth can make your face sag or droop, making you look older than you actually are.
Can I replace my bridge with an implant-supported bridge?
Yes, this is possible. Your dentist will determine if you are the right candidate with a dental exam. Visit our Knoxville dentist office today for more.
Is an implant-supported bridge removable?
Yes. It can be removed for cleaning and adjustment. Your dental bridge should fit securely, without rubbing against your gums. If you experience issues with movement, contact us today.
How long do implant-supported bridges last?
The typical dental bridge can last anywhere from five to fifteen years. With routine visits to the dentist, your prosthetic can last a lifetime.
Can you have more than one dental implant at a time?
Yes. Dental implants are versatile. You can get one to replace a single missing tooth, or you can get several for supporting dentures.
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Dental implants combined with a dental bridge can effectively and affordably replace several missing teeth and restore health, function, and beauty to your smile. Alternatives to dental bridges include partial dentures and dental implants. Request a worry-free consultation for a dental bridge procedure today. Dr. Pamela Cain is a compassionate, non-judgmental dentist in Knoxville TN, dedicated to improving your long-term dental health.