An implant-supported bridge is a permanent restoration. They are designed as an alternative to traditional bridges, which are secured to healthy teeth on either side of the empty space. This means that healthy teeth must be altered to hold your fixed bridge in place. On the other hand, an implant-supported bridge is anchored to dental implants, which preserve your natural teeth and eliminate the need to alter them in any way.
Implant-supported bridges use two or more implants. They do not require drilling down adjacent healthy teeth for support, which helps preserve healthy tooth structure.
What Is Involved in the Implant-Bridge Procedure?
In order to place the dental implant-supported bridge, our dentist in Aurora, CO will need to first take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used to create the custom bridge. The dentist will then place a temporary bridge to protect your exposed gums and jaw while the custom bridge is being fabricated.
Before the actual procedure, our dentist will anesthetize the gums and jaw to prevent any discomfort. The tooth or teeth that need to be extracted will be carefully extracted to make room for the dental implant. The dental implant will be placed at the extraction site.
Once the implant has fused with the jaw bone, our dentist can attach the abutment to the implant. The abutment is used to hold the custom-made bridge in place. When the bridge is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the permanent one.
We could review the differences and similarities of traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges during your initial consultation.
What Are the Advantages of Implant-Supported Bridges?
- When the dental implant-supported bridge is securely in place, patients don’t have to worry about the components shifting or becoming uncomfortable.
- This restoration can maintain a natural look with your new smile.
- They prevent jawbone deterioration.
- The dental implant-supported bridge is a permanent solution and doesn’t need to be removed.
- The dental implant-supported bridge provides dependable results.
How Should You Care for Your New Implant-Supported Bridge?
Once your implant-supported bridge has been placed, you need to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits to keep it healthy. Placing a bridge will not interfere with your ability to care for your teeth and gums. You will need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals; use fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily.
You should also visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings to ensure your restoration is in good shape.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule a consultation with our dentist at our practice located at 2711 S Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014, you can either contact us via email or call H&M Family Dentistry at (303) 353-9611. We will be happy to assist you further.