If you have several damaged or missing teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge may be the right solution for restoring your oral health. Implant-supported bridges replace several teeth with a single restoration, and offer many benefits over traditional dental bridges. Peter T. Smrecek ,Jr., DDS offers implant-supported bridges at our practice in Newport Beach, CA.
Only implant-supported bridges can replace teeth while preventing the jaw atrophy that occurs following the loss of a tooth. They also require no alteration of otherwise healthy teeth. During a consultation, Dr. Smrecek can determine if you are a candidate for an implant-supported bridge.
How Implant-supported Bridges Work
Usually, two to four implant posts are used to support the bridge. The number of posts used depends mainly on the number of teeth being replaced. A restoration is then secured to the implant posts, functioning just like natural teeth.
Placing an Implant Bridge
Dental implants placement is conducted over the course of two surgeries separated by a healing period of four to six months. The first surgery involves placement of the implant posts so that osseointegration, the process of bone fusing to metal, can begin. At our office, we offer intravenous (IV) sedation, which we use to put patients in a deep state of relaxation while the first surgery is completed. In the course of this surgery, we carefully insert the implants and then suture the gums so that healing can begin. At this time, it may be possible to provide you with a temporary bridge.
You will have several scheduled visits over the following months, in which we will monitor the progress of your healing and determine when you are ready for the second surgery. The second surgery involves the placement of abutments, or connector pieces that secure your restoration to the implants. After a much shorter recovery period, your permanent dental bridge will be attached.
Implant-supported bridges provide a far more secure and lasting solution for missing teeth when compared to traditional dental bridges. Meanwhile, dental implants are the singular restorative solution that can actually halt jaw atrophy after teeth have been lost. This means your jaw will retain its shape, and you may never need to have your bridge adjusted or replaced to accommodate any changes.
Additionally, traditional dental bridges require that the teeth at either end of the bridge become significantly altered in order to accommodate dental crowns that will hold the bridge in place. Implant-supported bridges do not require this alteration, making it a much more conservative solution.
Implant-supported bridges provide a far more secure and lasting solution for missing teeth when compared to traditional dental bridges.
For the right candidates, a dental bridge is the very best choice. However, patients must have enough bone tissue in the jaw to support the implants. During your consultation, your doctor will evaluate the state of your jaw. If you have lost bone tissue, he may recommend a bone grafting procedure to restore the jaw and your candidacy for dental implants.
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Dental implants usually require an out-of-pocket expense, as well as several months of healing. However, the benefits can be quite rewarding, especially for patients who require bridges or dentures. To learn more, please contact us today.