Today’s dental bridges are dentures are more lifelike than ever, both in appearance and in how much of your bite function they can restore. This is largely due to the advanced technologies used to design them and the lifelike materials used to craft them, such as customizable dental porcelain. In some cases, modern bridges and dentures also come with something they’ve never had before – the support of one or more prosthetic replacements for your teeth roots. When supported on dental implants, a custom-designed bridge or denture can more closely mimic the structures of your healthy, natural teeth to restore your smile more successfully.
The only major difference between conventional modern bridges and dentures and dental implant restorations is the way in which they’re supported. Dental implants are small posts that are made to replace healthy teeth roots, much like your bridge or denture replaces the visible crowns of your lost teeth. When one or more implant posts are inserted into your jawbone, they can mimic the way healthy teeth roots support your natural teeth, anchoring your bridge or denture to your dental ridge without the need for anything else to support it (like natural abutment teeth or adhesives).
Despite not anchoring your bridge or denture like implants can, the traditional measures used to support a bridge or denture are usually highly effective. Patients can comfortably wear a well-made bridge or denture for years without ever needing to adjust, repair, or replace it. However, as effective as they are, these support systems can’t mimic the same comfort and stability that comes with more natural teeth roots, or dental implant posts. This stability helps improve the function of your restoration, and can have a positive impact on the integrity and longevity of the restoration for years to come.
For patients who qualify, the advantages that dental implants provide beyond improving your restoration’s support make them a preferable option for your smile long-term, as well. This is due largely to their ability to replace your lost teeth roots, which are responsible for more than just supporting your teeth as you bite and chew. In a mutually beneficial relationship, your teeth roots and your jawbone structure support each other. The roots stimulate the bone structure when you bite and chew, and the bone structure supplies your teeth with minerals and nutrients through their root canals. Your dental implant posts and restoration don’t require minerals and nutrients. However, your jawbone still needs the stimulation or your body will continue sending it fewer nutrients, which could result in the loss of its mass and density over time.
If you qualify, dental implants can give your bridge or denture a significant boost in comfort, stability, and durability. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.