11 Feb Let’s Talk: Traditional Bridge vs. Dental Implant Bridge
While some dental restorations are a one-and-done solution, traditional dental bridges are not. With enough time, complications will arise that require them to be replaced. For instance, they can erode the healthy, anchor teeth that support the bridge, permanently damaging them. Plaque, biofilm and oral bacteria commonly become trapped by the metal rings that secure the bridge to your teeth. This can create a host of decay issues and gum disease. At Harrell Dental Implant Center, we’re passionate about educating our patients. We want you to know the benefits and drawbacks of any procedure so that you can make informed decisions about your dental care. Learn more about traditional (tooth-supported) dental bridges below:
Tooth-supported fixed bridge. The most common alternative to dental implants for a single tooth, fixed bridges involve grinding away – in other words, intentionally damaging – healthy adjacent teeth that are used to attach and support the bridge. The tooth-supported bridge does not stimulate natural bone growth beneath it, so the bone may deteriorate over time. Bridges generally fail after 5-10 years because patients have difficulty flossing them, which makes the root surfaces below and around the bridgework highly susceptible to decay. Read more, courtesy of AAID
Implant Bridge: A Permanent Smile Solution
Helping you achieve a healthy, brilliant smile that you love sharing is our goal. HDIC has decades of experience with tooth replacement dentistry. We rely on state-of-the-art dental technology and the best sedation options to ensure your comfort while we create beautiful, lasting results. If you have a tooth-supported bridge that needs replacing, it’s time to look at a permanent dental implant bridge. Find out more about this game-changing treatment below:
Dental Bridges and Implants
Dental bridges and implants are constructed differently. A bridge is made of a false tooth suspended between two crowns that the dentist cements onto prepared natural teeth on either side. An implant is a false tooth that’s attached to a titanium post the periodontist or oral surgeon has inserted in the jaw bone. The false teeth and crowns in bridges and the false teeth in implants are matched to the color of the surrounding teeth, but, even so, a bridge may be slightly more noticeable. Unlike an implant, the false tooth of a bridge isn’t embedded in the gum. Read further, compliments of Colgate
Real Patients, Real Results
Harrell Dental Implant Center is Charlotte’s leading implant provider. Check out our YouTube channel for firsthand accounts from HDIC patients who have undergone a variety of implant procedures, including implant bridge replacement. It will be helpful to hear their experiences and see their results. If you’re thinking of upgrading your smile, we want to speak with you and answer any questions you might have. One of our dental patients shares her story below:
Book Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
HDIC has restored the smiles of countless patients throughout the Charlotte region. If you have missing or damaged teeth and are seeking a permanent restoration solution, our practice is just what you’re looking for.
Make an appointment with us today for a free dental consultation. Dr. Robert Harrell will assess your needs, answer any questions you might have and show you your best course of treatment. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on our website to schedule your appointment. During your visit a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.