Chicago, IL (November, 2014) – Your smile is much more than a collection of teeth. It is a reflection of your inner beauty, a tool of communication, and a defining feature of your image. When you lose a tooth, you might feel like you’ve lost a piece of yourself. For health and self-confidence, the replacement of missing teeth is important. The question is, how to replace them, and today we have exiting new ways to answer that question.
Traditional dental bridges
You are probably familiar with the traditional dental bridge design. It is made up of crowns and one or more false teeth, fused together into a single unit. The crowns go over existing teeth on either side of the gap, with the false tooth suspended between them.
Today, these restorations are often called crown-and-bridge units, rather than simply bridges. Why? Because there is a new kind of dental bridge in town, and it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Wait… that’s not quite true. They are actually very much like something you are very familiar with – natural teeth.
Implant supported dental bridges
The traditional crown-and-bridge design is attractive and functional, and very stable. But, it is not entirely without problems. The stability of this design is due to the fact that the false tooth is permanently secured to natural teeth, which are rooted in the jawbone. To accomplish this, healthy teeth are altered to accommodate the crowns. Additionally, the replacement tooth rests directly on the gum, making oral hygiene challenging.
Modern implant technology has provided us with a newer and better option. Dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots, fully supporting the restoration. Therefore, healthy teeth are not subjected to excess strain, and there is no need to crown them or alter them in any way. Because the restoration is attached the implant, the anatomy of the tooth closely mimics that of a natural tooth.
If you are looking for a replacement option that looks natural, feels natural, and functions just like your own teeth, dental implants could be the answer. Call us at 773-772-8400 and schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate.