An implant-supported bridge is a restoration that replaces several missing upper or lower teeth in a row. It is a dental prosthesis that uses dental implants, namely artificial tooth roots, for support, providing a permanent solution with many benefits.
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can shift into the empty spaces, causing misalignment and jaw problems. A traditional bridge requires the removal of enamel from the healthy surrounding teeth in order to anchor it in place. Implant-supported bridges use posts with crowns placed on either side of the gap to support the restoration and replace the missing teeth.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridge Treatment
Implant-supported bridges offer many advantages over traditional bridges:
- They maintain the health and structure of the jawbone. Traditional bridges require healthy neighboring teeth to hold them in place, while implant-supported bridges do not. Implants also help restore the jawbone.
- They are permanent and stable, making them an excellent solution for missing teeth. Traditional bridges and dentures rest on top of the gums, which can make eating uncomfortable and cause speech impediments. Implant-supported bridges are permanently fixed in the mouth and do not need to be removed for cleaning or other purposes.
- They do not decay as natural teeth do. Normal teeth can become decayed over time, but the implant will hold the crown securely in place to prevent it from suffering wear and tear.
- They are easy to care for. Patients will continue to maintain a regular oral hygiene regimen to keep their teeth and gums healthy and free from harmful bacteria.
- When patients are missing several teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge can be an ideal option for restoring their smile.
Steps Involved in an Implant-Supported Bridge Treatment
An implant-supported bridge consists of three parts - the dental implants, which are surgically placed in the jaw, the abutments, and a series of porcelain crowns that replace the missing teeth. After determining the patient's candidacy for dental implants, the Dentist Hampton, VA will place the implants surgically to serve as anchors to support the bridge. Once the tissue has healed around your new titanium posts, you will return to the dentist's office so the surgical site can be restored with your new tooth or teeth. The final step in your treatment is the placement of your custom bridge, at which point you will have a natural-looking smile again!
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