Novato Dentist Discusses Using Dental Implants with Bridges

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jul 19, 2012

Dental implants are quickly becoming a vital component of general dentistry and dental restorations. Losing a tooth can often have a devastating effect on one’s ability to speak, chew and even on one’s self-confidence. Whether caused by dental trauma or decay, losing a tooth does not have to alter your lifestyle. Dental implants offered by our Novato Dentist office now provide an option for tooth replacement that create a long-lasting and natural looking restoration.

The dental implant itself is a small titanium post surgically implanted into the bone. During the initial phase of the implant process, the titanium bonds with your jaw bone to form a strong foundation for a natural-looking dental restoration. Once the post is firmly seated in the jaw, the restoration is affixed to the implant. Because the titanium post takes the place of the tooth’s missing root, dental implants are actually integrated into the structure of the bone to mimic the appearance and strength of your natural teeth.

Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants are an exceptional tooth replacement option when used alone, but they can also be used effectively to help improve the stability and comfort of existing dentures or bridges.

At our Novato Dentist office we can strategically place dental implants to stabilize bridges and dentures. Typically, bridges stay in place because they are affixed to adjacent teeth, but this can cause unnecessary strain and structural stress on a patient’s natural teeth. Now, a patient’s bridge can be anchored to a dental implant, ensuring a comfortable fit, and taking the pressure off of healthy, natural teeth.

Dental implants can be used alone or with dentures and bridges to improve the appearance and functionality of a patient’s smile. They are a versatile tooth-replacement option providing stability and a durable, natural-looking restoration.