Bridging The Gap

Bridging The GapTraditionally, the loss of teeth has been addressed with the use of partial or complete dentures. Currently, this still holds true to an extent, although the technology and construction of artificial teeth has changed considerably. For people who need fabricated teeth, this also opens up a number of choices that can suit specific conditions, future needs, and financial concerns.

In cases where one or several teeth need to be replaced, the most common implement for correction has been a bridge. These devices can be used in the filling of a single tooth gap, but are generally more effective when at least two or more teeth are being reconstructed. The reason for this is the way that bridges are held in place.

A dental bridge is essentially a fabricated gum line with false teeth already attached to the overall structure. In order to anchor this device in the mouth, it would need to be hooked on to surrounding teeth, and the use of a dental adhesive would be used to fill in connection to the natural gum and prevent loosening. Some problems often arise with this approach, which include the fact that surrounding teeth need to be healthy enough to create this support, and that there is still a possibility of slippage.

Tight Spaces

Another concern that many clients have with traditional bridges has to do with the fact that the anchoring mechanisms for a bridge can cause some discomfort. The wires may irritate healthy gums in some individuals, and may also cause a weakening in the stability of the surrounding teeth. The bridge also needs to be removed and cleaned like regular dentures, and any slippage can allow for food particles to come between the artificial and natural gum line.

These same concerns are often further compounded for individuals who have existing crowding or smaller jaws. In cases where a single tooth needs to be fabricated, the space that is necessary for anchoring can also become an issue. However, many of these concerns can be eliminated with the use of mini dental implants.

Finding The Perfect Fit

The use of mini dental implants has revolutionized many of the procedures in tooth replacement. Essentially, a small titanium screw is implanted directly into the jaw bone, and the fabricated tooth is fastened directly to this post. As a solution for oral health, this procedure overcomes many of the prior restraints. Surrounding tooth health is no longer a concern, further damage is eliminated, and small working spaces are no longer an issue. Also, since the fabricated tooth fits flush with the natural gum line, slippage is not a factor, and the replacement itself has a more natural appearance.

Dental Implants of Long Island has a number of solutions for single or multiple tooth gaps. Whether you are in need of an immediate replacement, or whether you have an existing bridge and would like to learn about alternatives, we have services to help you. You can visit our offices in Franklin Square, or even peruse our website from the comfort of your home. No matter what your dental replacement issue, we have consultations that can educate you and ameliorate your oral health.

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