What is an Implant Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge is a dental prosthesis used to replace missing teeth by utilizing dental implants as a stable foundation. It is a popular and effective solution for individuals who have multiple adjacent missing teeth. The bridge consists of artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are connected and supported by dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. These implants act as sturdy anchors, providing excellent stability and functionality to the bridge.

Implant-supported bridges offer several advantages over traditional bridges, such as improved chewing ability, enhanced aesthetics, prevention of bone loss, and increased durability. They provide a long-lasting, natural-looking solution for restoring a beautiful smile and dental functionality.

What is an implant-supported bridge?

A traditional dental bridge uses the support of the healthy teeth on either side of the space which are prepared for dental crowns and a fake tooth sits between them. The fake tooth is called a pontic and can fill the space left by one or more consecutive missing teeth, one pontic per missing tooth.

An implant-supported bridge utilizes dental implants and is incredibly stable and comfortable for the patient. A dental implant is a titanium post placed by an oral surgeon or periodontist. The doctor will make a small incision in the gum tissue at the area being treated then drill a tiny hole in the jaw bone in which to place the implant. The tissue is then stitched up around the implant, leaving a small portion protruding, which is then covered with a healing cap, or temporary abutment.

The healing cap will remain in place for up to six months while you heal and will provide protection from damage and infection. When implants are used for a bridge, at least two implants will be placed, one on each side of the space.

Implant-Supported Bridge: Benefits

Implant-supported bridges offer numerous benefits compared to other tooth replacement options. Here are some of the advantages:

* Enhanced stability: Unlike traditional bridges that rely on adjacent natural teeth for support, implant-supported bridges are anchored firmly in the jawbone using dental implants. This provides excellent stability and prevents movement or slippage while speaking or eating.

* Bone health: When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone can deteriorate over time due to lack of stimulation. Implants integrate with the bone, stimulating it and preventing bone loss. By preserving the jawbone, implant-supported bridges maintain the natural facial structure and prevent potential problems, such as a sunken appearance or changes in speech.

* Aesthetically pleasing: Implant-supported bridges closely resemble natural teeth in terms of appearance, shape, and color. They are customized to match the surrounding teeth, ensuring a seamless blend and a natural-looking smile. This can greatly enhance your confidence and self-esteem.

* Improved oral health: Unlike traditional bridges that require altering adjacent healthy teeth, implant-supported bridges preserve the integrity of neighboring teeth. This helps to maintain optimal oral hygiene and reduces the risk of decay or damage to surrounding teeth.

Patients who want an implant-supported bridge need to be healthy enough to endure the implant placement surgery and the long healing time. A temporary bridge can be placed to give the patient the appearance and function of a full smile while they heal so it is a great option for those patients who are a candidate.

Dental Implant Years After Extraction