Missing teeth can lead to difficulties speaking and eating, discomfort in social situations, and negative effects on your long-term oral health. Dr. John Krueger in Palm Harbor, FL, offers a variety of solutions for patients with missing teeth to protect against preventable health problems and restore oral function. At The Clearwater Dentist, we offer implant-supported bridges for patients with concentrated areas of missing teeth. By replacing both the teeth and their roots, these restorations can repair both the function and aesthetic of your smile.
What is an Implant Supported Bridge?
An implant supported bridge is a fixed prosthetic that consists of realistic fabricated teeth, which are anchored to the jaw by dental implants. These titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone, where they integrate with the surrounding tissue to form a stable base for restorations.
A number of different restorations can attach to the implants, including single crowns, dentures, and bridges. Which is best suited to your needs will depend on the number and concentration of missing teeth you hope to restore. Bridges in particular are most appropriate for filling in gaps of multiple, adjacent missing teeth.
Why Consider Dental Implants?
While removable bridges are held in place by dental crowns affixed to the teeth on either side of a gap, dental implants instead replace the entire tooth and root structure. This provides a secure foundation for more durable, longer-lasting restorations and stimulates new jawbone growth.
Implants can also help prevent many of the health problems associated with missing teeth, including:
- Shifting teeth
- Misaligned bites
- Jawbone deterioration
- Lack of support for facial structure
- Difficulty chewing and speaking
Any of these issues can undermine oral function and trigger considerable long-term discomfort. Dr. Krueger can evaluate your smile for these problems and help you determine the best course of action.
What to Expect During Your Treatment
Dr. Krueger both places and restores dental implants at his office in order make your treatment as efficient as possible, although he may refer patients out for especially complex cases. After ensuring that implant-supported bridges are suited to your needs during the initial consultation, the doctor typically breaks up treatment into two to three appointments.
Dr. Krueger has been providing personalized, comfortable dental care for nearly 40 years and is dedicated to helping you find a long-term solution you can rely on.
During the first, he surgically places implants into the jaw. Depending on the patient's needs, he may then either take impressions of your bite either during the same visit or at a separate appointment. Using these impressions as the foundation, trusted dental technicians can create a customized bridge at an off-site lab. Once your implants have healed sufficiently, Dr. Krueger can set up an appointment to attach the dental bridge and make sure that it fits in comfortably and seamlessly with your natural smile.
Restoring Your Smile with Dr. Krueger
Dr. Krueger has been providing personalized, comfortable dental care for nearly 40 years and is dedicated to helping you find a long-term solution you can rely on. If you want to learn more about replacing your missing teeth, contact us online or by phone at (727) 441-3523.