When it comes time to replace a dental bridge, you can replace it with another bridge, which will not last as long as the first, or you can replace the bridge with dental implants. It is common for bridges to fail. Cement holding the bridge can leak, causing decay of the underlying, supporting teeth. When these teeth can no longer support the bridge, the bridge will fail. Now a three-tooth bridge might need to be replaced with a four-tooth bridge and of course, the same problem can happen again down the road. Dental implants are far superior, because they don’t put strain on the surrounding teeth, and don’t lead to additional tooth loss.
Benefits of Implants over Conventional Dental Bridges
Dental implants will remove the pressure from the teeth that anchored the conventional dental bridge. With dental implants, you can have one individual tooth for each tooth you are missing. The implant will act like your natural tooth, because the tooth root will be replaced with a titanium post. In cases where there are very long dental bridges, we may recommend placing implants in every other tooth position to reduce the cost and healing time. Dr. Broggi will examine your unique case to determine the ideal option for you.
- Bone: Ideal bridge-to-implant candidates will need to have adequate bone for implant placement. If necessary, Dr. Broggi can add bone to the implant site at the time the implant is placed or before with a bone graft.
- Gums: Dr. Broggi is skilled in cosmetics and oral surgery. He will ensure that the gum surrounding the implant site looks very natural. If necessary, he can perform a gum graft.
- Bite: Our skilled ceramists will handcraft an implant restoration that looks natural and functions well with your existing bite.
- Cosmetics: If a smile makeover is part of the plan, then porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns can be used on the adjacent teeth to maximize the result
To schedule your complimentary dental implant consultation, call our office at 561-364-3368. Dr. Edward P. Broggi provides state-of-the-art dental implants for residents of Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth and surrounding areas.