Missing several teeth? When considering replacement teeth, St. Louis patients often go with dentures, only to discover the many hurdles they face with this type of dental prosthetic. One of the most cost-effective and beautiful ways to replace multiple teeth that are missing from one area is by using a dental bridge that snaps into several implant posts (also known as artificial roots). This method is commonly referred to an an implant-supported bridge.
Dental implants which replace the tooth root support the bridge and do not require the damage of healthy adjacent teeth to support the bridge. These replacements look and functioning like natural teeth.
Additionally, because implant-supported bridges replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better supported and reduces bone loss. Without the tooth root bone otherwise starts to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, implants are pretty, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a collapsed, unattractive smile. In addition, removable partial dentures can move around in the mouth and reduce your ability to eat certain foods.
With implant supported bridges, you will feel like you have healthy, natural teeth.