Dental Implants and Bridges for Missing Teeth

Dental Implants and Bridges for Missing Teeth

by Alex Hirsch (SU)


Dental technology has come a long way from when the only option for missing teeth were dentures. Today, there are more permanent solutions for transforming and restoring one’s smile – namely, dental implants and bridges.

A dental bridge consists of two or more crowns on either side of a gap where the missing tooth or teeth used to be. The most common type of dental bridge is a traditional bridge in which a crown or implant is created on either side of the missing tooth with a pontic (false tooth) in between. A bridge is beneficial in that it not only helps restore your smile, but also restores your ability to chew properly and prevents remaining teeth from shifting out of position.

A dental implant is a post that is surgically placed in your jawbone, serving as an anchor in the attachment of a replacement tooth or crown, or – the case of more than one implant – partial or full dentures. Although they replace missing teeth, dental implants look, feel, and function just like the real thing. Not only are they comfortable and cosmetically appealing, but they are also the most durable and longest-lasting tooth replacement treatment available.

The dental implant procedure typically requires a series of appointments spread over several months. First, your dentist must determine whether you have healthy gums and bones that will support the implant. This is done using three-dimensional imaging, providing a panoramic view of your entire mouth, enabling the dentist to assess the relationship between your jaw bone, teeth, and other structures.

Next, your dentist uses the same 3D scan to plan your treatment, reviewing the procedure with you and answering any questions you may have to ensure that you understand the post-operative care that is required. 

Once the dentist surgically inserts the implant directly into your jawbone, it will take anywhere from three to six months for your bone to fuse with the implant. Once that healing takes place, the dentist can then attach your crown, bridge, or denture to the dental implant to put the finishing touch on your new, dazzling smile.

Dental implants are an excellent alternative for patients who’d rather not deal with dentures or traditional bridges. Not only are they stable, providing long-term support for your smile, but there is no need to use a denture adhesive to keep your teeth in place.

What’s more, the surgery provided at 360 Dental is much easier than you might imagine. Dr. Ari Binder has years of experience performing dental implants and, as a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, stays abreast of the latest techniques to provide the most comfortable experience and pleasing results for his patients.

So, if you are self-conscious about your missing teeth and want to find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for bridges or dental implants, call our dental office in Eugene, Oregon, today at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment with Dr. Binder and his team. We look forward to restoring your smile.