Time to Replace Dental Bridge with Dental Implants
A dental bridge is a traditional method for replacing a lost tooth with a fully fixed restoration. Instead of being attached directly to the bone, the replacement tooth is attached to dental crowns, which attach to neighboring teeth, which are themselves attached to the bone.
This approach can have long-lasting functional results. The bridge can look natural and can let you bite and chew normally. After 10-15 years, the bridge might fail. The bridge could break. One of the supporting teeth could fail: break off, come out, or get infected. Bridges can also have a cosmetic failure: you might lose bone and gums under the bridge, creating an unattractive space in your smile.
If the bridge breaks or experiences a cosmetic problem, you might replace the bridge. You will only want to replace the bridge with a new bridge if the supporting teeth are still healthy.
If you have lost one or more of the supporting teeth, or if those teeth are failing, it’s time to replace the dental bridge with one or more dental implants. You might also choose to replace a dental bridge with a dental implant in Irvine if you are unhappy with the look, function, or maintenance requirements of your dental bridge.