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DENTAL IMPLANTS / BRIDGES

Overview

Dental implants and bridges are used to replace missing teeth.  


Implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth by implanting a titanium root structure in the bone at the area of the missing teeth. The implant and the bone with then integrate with each other, providing a platform for the crown on top. Implants have astounding success rates and is the most ideal way to replace missing teeth if the conditions are right.  A consult with Dr. Henna will determine if you are a great candidate for dental implants.


Bridges 

A bridge is a custom-made replacement for one or more missing teeth that literally "bridges the gap." It uses adjacent teeth next door to the missing space to hold on to false teeth in the middle.  


There are two types of bridges: removable and fixed. Both can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. Porcelain bridges are often bonded to precious or non-precious metal.


Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge stays in your mouth and you do not remove it on a daily basis.  It will act and feel like your own tooth structure soon after placement.  It connects the teeth neighboring the missing teeth area to bridge the gap of the missing space and restore your teeth structure. It is important to understand a bridge connects multiple teeth together, so it is essential to maintain cleanliness and excellent oral hygiene around the bridge to prevent decay and gum inflammation.


Removable Bridge

A removable bridge is detached by its wearer for daily cleaning and at bedtime. It is prescribed when:

  • Teeth adjacent to the gap are weak
  • There are multiple missing teeth
  • There are no posterior teeth to provide an anchor for the bridge