If you are missing some teeth, implant-supported dental bridges can be an excellent option for replacing your lost natural teeth. They look and function like natural teeth and replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. It is common practice to have one implant for each missing tooth isn’t possible, but there are instances when this is not possible and a suspended pontic bridge may be more appropriate. Continue reading for more useful information related to implant-supported dental bridges.
What is an Implant-Supported Dental Bridge?
This is a type of tooth bridge/dental prosthesis that has some similarity to a regular dental bridge, but implants rather than the natural teeth support it. Typically, when an implant-supported bridge is used, a single implant is placed in the jawbone for each tooth that is absent. Later, the crowns can be connected to each other to create a single unit. An implant-supported bridge may be an option that can be used to make a smile complete again.
How Does it Work?
How long it takes to complete the implant process can largely depend on the chosen method. It can take as little as five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw when doing the implant the traditional way. This time frame covers the surgeries and the placement of the implant-supported bridge itself. However, in the instance that the bone needs to be built up before the procedure, the process could take up to a year or more to complete. To place and prepare the implant usually require two surgeries–the first surgery involves the implant being placed in the jaw and covered with gum tissue, followed by a waiting period of three to six months of healing, then the second surgery is performed, exposing the implant for bridge placement. Still, today, some dentists are performing the implant placement and crown in one visit.
Who’s an Ideal Candidate For Implant Supported Dental Bridge?
Good candidates for dental bridges are individuals with two strong and healthy teeth with strong roots on each side of the mouth in the space where an individual has teeth missing.
Benefits of Bridges
Benefits provided by implant-supported dental bridge varies. However, it enables cosmetic improvements that can lead to a good-looking smile. It can also help in maintaining the structure of your natural teeth and prevent future bone loss while improving overall oral health.
Implant supported dental bridge can help you to be your most confident self. Dr. Emma Wu can help you to restore your smile with customizable dental options that will have you feeling like a new person. Your smile is their priority. Come to either one of our office in North Andover.