Implant Supported Bridges
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the average adult between 20 and 64 years old has at least three decayed or missing teeth. So, what should you do? Prosthodontic Dental Group offers a solution known as an implant supported bridge. It is safe, it is effective, and it is more secure than other restoration options. If you are missing one or more adjacent teeth, our specialists strongly recommend an implant supported bridge.
What are implant supported bridges?
Dental bridges traditionally consist of two dental crowns that are linked together by a pontic (prosthetic tooth). An implant supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but we use implants to support the pontic, instead of your natural teeth. Each implant is attached to an abutment, which provides additional support for the dental crown. In some cases, we may suspend one or more pontics between the implant supported crowns.
The Implant Process
At your consultation visit, we will perform an extensive dental exam that involves x-rays, digital scans, and a complete review of your dental history. Patients must have the appropriate bone quantity and density to properly support an implant. If your jawbone has deteriorated, we may suggest a bone graft. In extreme cases, we may suggest an alternative restoration.
During your first appointment, we will carefully place each implant into your jaw. To determine the proper position, we may create a preliminary model of the bridge called a "wax-up." Using the wax-up, we will create a surgical guide (similar to a mouth guard), and place it on the future site of your bridge.
Once the implants are in place, you will have to wait three to six months before we place your permanent bridge. During this time, your implants and bone will fuse together through a process known as osseointegration.
During a second procedure, a small incision will be made to expose the implants. Each implant receives a healing collar that properly guides your gums. Once your gums have healed, we can place the abutment and make an impression. The impression will be sent to the dental laboratory, where they will fabricate your porcelain bridge.
During your next visit, we will test the fit of the bridge. Once the bridge is properly fit, it will be placed in your mouth and permanently secured.
Implant Supported Bridges Vs. Traditional Bridges
Implant supported bridges offer some advantages over traditional bridges.
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