Implant Bridge: A Missing Tooth Replacement

 

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Why is it important to replace teeth that are missing?

By missing one or more teeth, it begins to affect your appearance and overall health.  When you have missing teeth, chewing, speaking and smiling start to become a challenge. A missing back tooth could cause your mouth to shift, and change your facial features to make you look older than you are. At times like these, you must take action. Luckily for you, there are many options for you. An Implant Bridge could be one of them.

 

Why you should replace missing teeth:

• You may be self-conscious of how the gap looks when you smile.

• Your speech may be affected by missing teeth.

• A missing molar can make it harder to chew.

• Remaining teeth can shift if a lost tooth doesn’t get replaced.

• Remaining teeth can loosen over time due to bone loss around the missing tooth.

• By missing teeth and bone, your face can sag and possibly make you look older.

Three most common options for replacement of teeth:

• Implants

• Implant Retained Bridges

• Removable Partial Dentures

 

Option #1 for replacing missing teeth: Dental Implants

These type of procedure is used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts made of titanium (a durable, lightweight metal) that they can surgically place in the upper or lower jaw. They function as mouth anchor for the replacement teeth.

How do you know if dental implants are right for you?

• Do you hide your smile because of missing teeth?

• Do you wear dentures that are uncomfortable?

• Are you dissatisfied with your removable partial dentures?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you might find that an implant is a good replacement option for your missing tooth. Because a tooth implant is a surgical procedure, it is not an option for everyone. People with chronic illness may not be a good candidate due to it can take them longer to heal after surgery. Tobacco use and electronic cigarettes can also slow the healing process.

 

Option #2 for replacing missing teeth: Implant Retained Bridge

An Implant Bridge is a restoration that accidentally fills the space where the teeth have been missing. The bridge will later be cemented into place, and only a dentist can remove it.

 

 

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How is an Implant Bridge Placed?

Placing an Implant Bridge requires an Oral Surgeon to place implants to replace missing teeth. It takes about three months for new implants to integrate with an existing bone and ready for the crowns.

At that time,  our Lincoln dentist makes impressions of a new dental implant and current space. The impression will be delivered to a dental lab where technicians will make the Implant bridge out of beautiful ceramics, making it beautiful, natural looking and to blend with the rest of teeth in a mouth. A temporary bridge is placed during your wait for your permanent one. Once the permanent bridge is done, it’ll be fitted, adjusted and cemented in place.

What is the cost for an Implant Bridge?

The cost combines the cost of placing dental implants with a dental bridge crowns to go on top of those implants.

Most insurances cover a portion of an implant bridge. Depending on your insurance plan, the cost of dental implants may be taken care of as well.

Advantages of a fixed bridge:

• An implant bridge can look, feel and function like natural teeth.

• An Implant Bridge, Unlike natural teeth, does not get cavities.

• An Implant Bridge is considered permanent lifetime solution.

• An implant bridge does not have to be taken out for cleaning.

Disadvantages:

• Implant bridges are likely to be bigger expensive upfront than a removable partial denture. It is lifetime solution, unlike any other option.

 

Option #3 for replacing missing teeth: Removable Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture allows you to remove it easily for cleaning. Partial dentures usually have replacement teeth fixed to an acrylic base made of several durable materials that match the color of your gums. Partial dentures usually have a clasp that attaches to your natural teeth.

Getting used to a Removable Partial Denture

It takes some time to master the procedure for putting in and taking out a removable partial denture. For the first few it may feel odd or tight, but don’t worry, in time, you will get used to it. Never force the partial into place by biting down. This has the chance to bend or break the clasp. If you have a problem with your partial dentures, visit with our Lincoln dentists.
Your removable partial denture is not intended to be worn 24 hours a day.

Our Lincoln dentists recommend that you take them out at bedtime and put back in when you wake up. It is critical to keep your partial denture in water or denture soaking solution when you are not wearing it. Do not let it dry out because it can lose its shape. If your partial denture gets left out of your mouth for an extended period, there is a possibility that your teeth can shift of move. If this happens, your partial denture will not fit properly.

Our Lincoln dentist recommended scheduling follow-up appointments to check for pressure points and sore spots. At those checks ups, our Lincoln dentists can adjust your denture, so it fits comfortably. Do not try to adjust your partial denture yourself.

As you age and your mouth changes, your removable partial denture may not fit as comfortably. There is the possibility for them to break, crack or chip or one of the teeth could loosen. Sometimes our Lincoln dentists can make the repairs. Depending on the severity of the particular problem, repairs can take one to several days.

Advantages of removable partial dentures:

• Removable partial dentures are usually less expensive than fixed bridges or implants when multiple teeth need to be fixed or replaced.

• Teeth next to space doesn’t need preparation.

• Removable partial dentures will be removed for cleaning.

Disadvantages:

• Removable partial dentures are less stable than other choices.

• Removable partial denture can lead to decay on remaining teeth.

• Removable partial denture can result in Active  Periodontal disease on remaining teeth.

• They can break or be lost.

• Removable partial dentures may take longer to get used to wearing.

• Several appointments may be needed to achieve an ideal fit.

• Some people are embarrassed to take out their teeth at night and for cleaning.

• Removable partial dentures always need more frequent replacements than implants or an implant bridge.

 If you would like to see one of our Lincoln dentists, you can call Coddington Dental at 402-438-5555, or you can schedule your appointment online day or night.

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