Replace those bridges to nowhere.
Aging dental bridges are a maintenance headache and a recipe for oral-health disaster. They are difficult to floss, often decay, and require replacement with longer bridges. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), these bridges to nowhere should be replaced with permanent dental implants.
“Many of us have had the same bridges in our mouths for 20 years or more. They were put in at a time when bridgework was considered to be the norm for replacing missing or compromised teeth,” said Dr. Olivia Palmer of Charleston, South Carolina, a fellow of the AAID and diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology.
“An old bridge is basically worthless for preserving good dental health. In essence, it’s a bridge to nowhere,” Palmer said. “So why keep a bridge to nowhere? For most patients, implants are a much better treatment alternative because they preserve the bone of the jaw, can be flossed easily, do not decay, and function just like natural teeth. Also, to get implants you don’t have to sacrifice healthy teeth, which is required with bridgework,” she added.
Dental Implants to Replace Aging Dental Bridges
According to Dr. Jaime Lozada of Loma Linda, California, in the last two decades prosthodontic treatment planning has changed dramatically because of the acceptance of dental implants as a viable long-term option for replacing missing teeth.
“Why consider higher-risk procedures when dental implants are more predictable and a better alternative,” he said.
Palmer explained that bridges generally fail after five to 10 years as patients have trouble flossing them.
“Because these bridges link missing tooth spaces to adjacent teeth, many patients find it very difficult to floss the bridge. Therefore, root surfaces below and around bridgework often decay, if not kept meticulously clean by flossing. It is impossible to repair this marginal decay, so the entire bridge must be replaced,” she explained.
Palmer added that, as a result, teeth supporting the old bridge often are lost, requiring insertion of longer bridges that further compromise dentition.
Today highly precise computer guided dental implant surgery has made the procedure faster, highly predicable, long-lasting and 97 percent successful, which is far superior to outcomes with bridges. Palmer, therefore, advises anyone with one or more missing teeth who might consider having a first bridge inserted or replacing an old one to weigh the benefits of implants before getting treatment.
“Many Baby Boomers are coping with dental problems associated with advancing age, and for most that means replacing aging bridgework,” said Palmer. “With an estimated two of three Americans having at least one missing tooth, implants are becoming the preferred tooth-replacement option. Implant surgery is one of the safest, most precise and predictable procedures in dentistry,” she said.
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Dr. Christopher C. Rooney, Associate Fellow AAID
Did you know that dentists who are credentialed by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) have met rigorous qualifications that demonstrate they have the deep knowledge and critical skills essential to successfully placing implants and replacement teeth? Dr. Christopher C. Rooney is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology. This is one of the top accreditations a dentist can earn in the field of implant dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Rooney has over 1000 hours of continuing education in general dentistry.
In addition to earning his Associate Fellow credentials from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), Dr. Rooney has also achieved certification and validation of his proficiency by becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implanology/Implant Dentistry(ABOI/ID).
There is a significant difference between “dentists who do implants” and “dental implant experts.” Dental implants are not one size fits all — they are complex, sophisticated devices requiring specialized training and expertise to fit and place properly. Dr. Rooney has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and works with patients from a 100-mile radius of Kansas City. He can rescue your teeth and restore their form and function regardless of the obstacles you may be facing.
Christopher C. Rooney, DDS is a lifelong resident of Kansas City. He currently resides in Overland Park with his wife and two children. Dr. Rooney graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry. He continues to hone his craft with continued study and education. He has logged over 1000 hours of advanced surgical, implant and reconstructive training with some of the nation’s top specialists.
Dr. Rooney is one of the 2 percent of dentists in the United States providing advanced customized surgical and non-surgical restorative treatments. He has the education, skill and artistry that are needed to solve the complicated dental issues people face today.
Dr. Christopher Rooney is the only AAID-credentialed dental implant dentist and Diplomate of ABOI/ID in over 100 miles of his office, conveniently located in Leawood, Kansas. He and his expert team at Convergent Dentistry want you to stop hiding your smile. Call Convergent Dentistry at 913-491-9119 or click here to schedule a consultation or tour our office and see why other patients across the Midwest have joined the Convergent Dentistry Family in Leawood, Kansas.
Article Credit: AAID LifeSmiles Blog | September 2018