Implant Supported Bridges
Implant supported bridges resemble regular dental bridges, except the prosthetic teeth are completely supported by implants. Brides not involving implants are supported by your natural teeth. You should consider an implant supported bridge if you’re looking to replace multiple teeth and you don't want to involve the adjacent natural teethl
What is the Procedure for Implant-Supported Bridges?
When planning an implant supported bridge, the number of implants utilized is determined by the bone density and number of missing teeth. We often don’t require one implant for each tooth lost.
After the initial placement of the implants by the surgeon we are working with, there is a waiting period while bone grows onto the titanium surface of the implant. This usually takes around 3-5 months for healing. Once the implants are ready for the restoration, the patient will come in for an implant impression. Then there are a series of visits to fabricate the implant bridge ultimately having the bridge inserted onto custom made posts that are screwed into the implants.
How long does the Procedure take?
Many different factors affect how long it will take to finish the implant process. Typically implants take about 3-5 months to integrate to the patient’s bone. Once the implants are ready, it usually takes an additional 2-4 months to complete the implant bridge. If a graft is necessary, this will extend the treatment time.
What are the Benefits of Bridges?
Bridges fill the gaps made by missing teeth, restoring the patient’s confidence and smile. The prosthetic teeth have the look and function of real teeth.
Implants will also stimulate the jaw bone just like the roots of natural teeth, preserving it from atrophy. The bridges will allow for full dental function, so the patient can speak and eat normally.
The benefits of implant-supported bridges can vary depending on the patient, but they typically provide smiles that are both attractive and secure. These bridges are permanently set inside your mouth, so you won’t need to remove or clean them. Once the procedure is done, our team will instruct you on how to care for them properly.
Who are Good Candidates for Implant Bridges?
The patient looking to have an implant supported bridge fabricated will need to have adequate bone in which to place the implants. The candidate should also have good oral health and good overall health. Periodontal diseases and other diseases will make the healing period more difficult. You should also not smoke or must quit for some time if you do, as smoking can slow the healing process.
Different patients have different conditions. Our team will work with you to determine the best course of action given your specific needs.
For more information, please contact our office at (609) 924-1975.