If you have suffered tooth loss, an implant-supported bridge can replace two or more missing teeth in a row. As opposed to a traditional bridge, which is upheld by dental crowns, an implant-supported restoration is affixed to dental implants. For the right candidates, these restorations offer greater stability and durability, as well as protect your jawbone from deterioration. At Fort Bend Dental in Richmond and Missouri City, TX, our experienced team offers all steps of implant dentistry onsite. We can perform preparatory procedures, plan your implant surgery, place the posts, and attach your custom restoration all in one location. With our technical expertise and eye for aesthetics, we can ensure your bridge blends beautifully with your smile.
As opposed to a traditional bridge, which is upheld by two dental crowns, implant-supported bridges are affixed to dental implants.
What Are Implant-Supported Bridges?
Implant-supported bridges are an effective means of restoring your smile. These restorations are comprised of one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, nestled between two dental crowns. While standard dental bridges sit on top of remaining healthy teeth, implant-supported bridges attach to implant posts. Typically you will need about two posts, which will replace your dental roots.
An implant-supported bridge can prevent jawbone recession, additional tooth loss, and a dramatic change to your appearance.
Are You a Candidate?
If you are missing two or more teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be right for you. To qualify for treatment, you should have a generally strong and healthy jawbone. If, like many patients with missing teeth, you have sustained bone recession, implants may not have enough support. Fortunately, a bone graft can rebuild your jaw and restore your eligibility for treatment. A healthy immune system is also important, and there are some chronic health conditions that can limit your ability to receive implants.
Placing Your Restoration
To place an implant-supported bridge, your dentist will need to perform minor surgery. To ensure your comfort, we can anesthetize the gums and administer deeper sedation as needed. During this procedure, he can position the implant posts in your jawbone through small incisions in your gums. He can then close the incisions with sutures.
Your jaw will usually need four to six months to heal. During this time, your bone tissue will seal around the implant posts, securing them in your smile. While you are recovering, we may provide a temporary removable bridge to assist with dental function. Once you have made a full recovery, we can attach your permanent restoration to the top of the implant posts.
The Unparalleled Benefits
Both traditional and implant-supported bridges replace missing teeth to restore the look of your smile. Perhaps even more importantly, a bridge will renew your oral function so you can eat and speak normally. This restoration can also keep other teeth from shifting out of their proper alignment.
However, implant-supported bridges have their own unique benefits, in addition to those provided by a traditional bridge, including:
- Increased stability: Not only will you have little to no dietary restrictions, but you will not have to worry about your restoration slipping out of place when you eat or speak.
- Preservation of healthy teeth: Unlike a traditional bridge, which requires alteration of adjacent teeth, an implant-supported bridge does not require any modifications. As such, it can preserve the structure of your smile.
- Longevity: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Though you may need to replace or repair the bridge itself, appropriate dental hygiene can dramatically extend its lifespan.
- Tissue Regeneration: The supporting dental implants will improve your overall oral health by promoting tissue regeneration. An implant-supported bridge can thus prevent jawbone recession, additional tooth loss, and a dramatic change to your appearance.
To determine if you are a candidate for treatment, our team can conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jawbone and review your medical history.
Learn More about Treatment
To learn more about how an implant-supported bridge can enhance your smile and long-term dental wellness, contact our practice online today to book your consultation at Fort Bend Dental. You can also call our Missouri City office at (281) 499-3541 or our Richmond office at (281) 342-6178.