Implant Supported Crowns and Bridges
Dental implants are the replacement solution of choice when on or more teeth are missing. They stand out because of their strength, durability, and the natural effect they provide, but also because of their versatility. They can be used to replace a variable number of teeth. In order to adapt to various situations, your dentist at General Dentist Solutions in Gloucester offers crowns and bridges on implants. These options can be used to replace missing teeth or short sections of teeth.
What is special about crowns and bridges on implants?
Implants are small metal screws that are surgically inserted into the jawbone and onto which a crown (a single replacement) or a bridge (3 to 4 replacement teeth) can be attached. During the healing period that follows, the metal screws fuse with the bone. This process, called osseointegration, is what makes implants so special. Thanks to this process, implants are like artificial roots: stable, solid and beneficial to the jawbone.
How can we compensate for the absence of several teeth at once?
If you are missing three or four adjacent teeth, your Ottawa dentist will likely suggest an implant-supported bridge. A bridge is a restoration traditionally used to replace one or two teeth between healthy teeth. It consists of two parts:
- The pontic: this is the name given to the replacement tooth or teeth suspended in the center of the bridge.
- Abutments: these are the crowns that surround the pontic.
- Traditionally, they are attached to healthy teeth. In cases where the teeth adjacent to the gap are damaged or there are three or four adjacent teeth to be replaced, implants are used as a base. It is possible to replace a series of three or four teeth with two implants, installed during the same surgery.
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