Replace Missing Teeth with Implant Anchored Crowns and Bridges

Implant anchored crowns and bridges can replace your missing teeth. You can lose teeth due to decay, gum disease, or traumatic injury among other causes.

When you lose teeth, spaces between teeth are created. If these spaces are not filled, your teeth will start changing their place over time. This shift will change the oral structure and may even make it difficult to maintain proper oral health in addition to giving birth to several other problems.

If you have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, it could cause further bone loss and gum infection if you don’t attend to your teeth problem.

Even if your tooth loss isn’t causing bone loss, you will definitely find it difficult to chew food. It could make it difficult to live a normal life as you won’t be able to eat everything your body requires to function properly.

Implants and Bridges – How it’s Done

When you have a single tooth missing, your dentist will replace it with a tooth implant. It will be covered with a crown to protect the implant from decay and wear and tear.

However, when you have more than one adjacent teeth missing, your dentist will replace them with implants and cover the top with a bridge as installing a crown won’t be possible.

When your dentist installs restorations, they won’t be visible as they are natural-looking. They are made from porcelain and they match patient’s teeth color.

To install a crown when a single tooth is missing, your dentist will place a titanium rod after drilling a hole in the bone. An abutment is placed at top of the rod before attaching a crown. Due to the multiple steps involved in this procedure, you may have to visit your dental office 3 times in most cases.

On the other hand, when you have more than one teeth missing, your dentist will place a bridge to hold several teeth as a group of crowns anchored together. Like individual tooth, titanium rods are inserted in the bone after drilling holes through them. However, the holes don’t have to be drilled through each tooth in such cases. Your dentist will make hole through two teeth to hold together crowns for three to four teeth and so on.

Drilling holes through each tooth can be costly and it can also make the procedure lengthy. In addition, it doesn’t provide extra strength. Even with holes through couple of teeth, your implants will be strong enough to support the biting force of several teeth.

Caring for Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges require regular dental care as you would do for your permanent teeth. You should follow these important tips to maintain oral health and avoid wear and tear.

  • Eat a healthy diet to improve your oral health.
  • Clean the bridge and the crown properly. You can use a dental floss to clean bridge from the sides.
  • Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. If you are not sure about proper brushing method, ask your dentist.
  • Visit your dental office regularly for scheduled check-up and professional cleaning.

Having tooth implant can solve your missing tooth problem and improve oral health. If you need more information or need to book an appointment for implants, feel free to call 7 Day Dental. Our friendly and professional staff will guide you about the next step.