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Implant Supported Bridges

Your teeth are an essential feature of your mouth, performing numerous important tasks every day. Losing teeth can affect all of these functions, including your abilities to eat and speak properly. The aesthetics of your smile can also be greatly affected. At Aspire Implant Dentistry Center, we can replace sections of missing teeth with implant supported bridges.

Effects of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss has a major impact on your quality of life:
•  It affects your ability to eat. Your teeth are crucial for chewing, which is the first stage in the digestive process. When you are unable to thoroughly chew your food, you cannot properly break it down. This makes it more difficult for your body to access vital nutrients. This can ultimately lead to malnutrition.
•  Your speech is affected. Not only does it become more difficult for you to talk, but others may also have a hard time understanding you.
•  Your jawbone begins to lose bone mass, which begins to change the shape of the jaw. This causes your healthy teeth to shift from their natural positions, altering your bite. This can cause significant issues such as uneven tooth wear and jaw pain.
•  You are at an increased risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
•  Your smile is diminished.

Implant Supported Bridges

Dental implants are the latest option available for replacing missing teeth and have quickly become one of the most popular. Implants involve the use of a surgical procedure to insert titanium rods into your jawbone. As you heal, your jawbone fuses to the titanium, turning the rods into “roots” that support your replacement teeth. Implants can be used to suit a variety of needs, including replacing sections of missing teeth. These are implant supported bridges. The number of implants that are placed depends upon your specific needs, such as how many teeth are being replaced, and the condition of your jawbone. Once you have healed, your replacement teeth are permanently affixed to the implants with the use of screws.

Implant Supported Bridges Vs. Crown Supported Bridges

Implant supported bridges provide an alternative to the more traditional crown supported bridges. Crown supported bridges consist of your replacement teeth set between two dental crowns. The crowns are used to anchor the restoration to the healthy teeth on both sides of the space (the abutment teeth), holding it securely in place. To replace this restoration, the abutment teeth need to be prepared or reduced in size. This means that enamel needs to be removed from the teeth. Once set in place, the crown supported bridge restores the functions of your teeth, but it does not stop the bone loss in your jaw, which means that your bridge will need to be replaced over time.

Implant supported bridges, on the other hand, do not rely on surrounding teeth for support. Instead, your replacement teeth are supported on the implants, which means your healthy teeth remain untouched. The implants also imitate the functions of your natural tooth roots, helping to keep your jawbone strong. Your implant supported bridge is permanent, and will not need to be replaced.

Benefits of Implant Supported Bridges

Implant supported bridges have many benefits:
•  They help to restore all of the essential functions of your teeth, improving your abilities to eat and speak.
•  Your smile is beautifully restored. No one will be able to tell the difference between the restoration and your natural teeth.
•  Implants are more comfortable than other options.
•  Implants help to maintain the strength of your jawbone, preventing the bone loss that comes with tooth loss.

If you are missing sections of your teeth, contact Aspire Implant Dentistry Center today at (732) 994-1061 and find out if implant supported bridges are right for you.
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