Dental Implant Supported Bridges
At Peninsula Prosthodontics, we pride ourselves on giving you the expertise and options you need when it comes to you and your child’s health. We help people every day in treating a wide variety of tooth injuries, jaw realignment concerns, and other dental hygiene needs. Sometimes something happens that causes the loss of a few teeth or the widening of an already existing gap in your mouth. In these scenarios where more than one tooth is lost, we often recommend the use of an implant supported bridge.
What Is An Implant Supported Bridge?
A traditional bridge is a fixed tool that we place in your mouth to fill a gap caused by a missing tooth. The way it does so is by using nearby teeth as support for a dental crown. What makes an implant supported bridge different is that, instead of your teeth, we use implants placed into your jawbone as a sturdy platform on which to place the bridge, one implant for each missing tooth. The dental crowns are then connected via the implants to form one piece or bridge. Given its stability and that it can be used for more than one missing tooth, we suggest the use of implant supported bridges over traditional bridges if you have multiple neighboring gaps in your mouth.
Why Use An Implant Supported Bridge For Replacement Teeth?
The main advantage of implant supported bridges is that, if we are concerned that you may put too much pressure on your replacement teeth, this tool spreads the tension across the entire bridge instead of all upon an individual implant. This makes implant supported bridges perfect if you have a history of grinding or clenching your teeth. While a traditional bridge may seem like an easier procedure that is less invasive, these are known to cause unwanted wear on the nearby teeth that are responsible for holding the bridge in place. An implant supported bridge causes no such damage, and the use of your jawbone makes the bridge much more resilient and unlikely to move.
What Does The Implant Supported Bridge Procedure Look Like?
Once we have decided that an implant supported bridge is the right fit for your unique needs, we will set up a treatment plan that usually involves two surgeries. The first surgery focuses on the placement of the implants and, to do so, we carefully remove a small amount of your jawbone so they can be affixed to your jawbone and covered with gum tissue. Afterward, we wait three to six months for your body to heal naturally. Then the second surgery places the bridge atop the implants that are now ready to hold it firmly and safely in place. Your new implant supported bridge should feel comfortable, secure, and let you chew food normally, and we will monitor it to make sure it continues to work well for you.
If you think that an implant supported bridge might be right for you, and you would like to learn more, call us today at (360) 328-1880.