Traditional dental bridges consist of artificial teeth held in place by crowns – or abutments – that are cemented to the natural teeth on each side. Having these natural teeth is necessary for a traditional crown to work. The down side is that these adjacent teeth must have some of their enamel removed to make enough room for abutments.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. They can support artificial teeth that look and function like the real thing. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a full dental arch.
More and more, dental implants are the replacement option of choice. They do more than just support artificial teeth. When a natural tooth is lost, the bone around it begins to deteriorate, which results in a sunken appearance in the face. Since they are embedded into the bone, implants function like tooth roots to help to prevent bone loss.
At Canyon Rim Dental in Mesa AZ, we offer dental bridges and dental implants, and have placed both in patients all over San Tan Valley, Chandler Heights, and Gilbert. People also visit us for other restorative dentistry options. Contact us today!