Bridges and Implants

Dental Bridges

Few incidents have greater impact on dental health and personal appearance than tooth loss.  When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease.  A bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side.

Bridges can:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

Dental bridges require even more regular and consistent home and professional dental care than your natural teeth do to prevent decay at the tooth-dental bridge junction.  This is because the area beneath the dental bridge must be cleaned.  Dr. Uyehara will instruct you on proper care of your bridge to help ensure the health of the teeth supporting your new dental bridge.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to counter tooth loss.  Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.  Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts (bridges and dentures) and nothing has proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.