Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
An Implant-Supported Dental Bridge is a type of dental bridge supported by dental implants rather than natural teeth. Like a traditional dental bridge, an implant-supported bridge replaces one or more missing teeth.
The bridge is made up of one or more artificial teeth that are attached to two or more dental implants. The dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, and once they have fused with the bone, the bridge is attached to the abutments on the implants.
Compared to a traditional dental bridge anchored to neighbouring teeth, an implant-supported bridge has several advantages. It does not rely on natural teeth for support, which can help preserve surrounding teeth’ health and integrity. It also helps to stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that can occur when teeth are missing.
Implant-supported dental bridges can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. They can provide a long-lasting, stable, and natural-looking solution for people who have lost teeth due to injury, decay, or other reasons.
However, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, and it is important to consult with a qualified dental professional to determine if this treatment is right for your individual dental needs.
Dental implant bridge process averages around 6 months*
Procedure for getting a dental implant bridge
A dental implant bridge is a dental prosthesis used to replace multiple missing teeth. It consists of two or more dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone and a bridge attached to the implants.
The bridge contains one or more artificial teeth that fill the gap left by missing teeth.
Here is a general overview of the procedure for getting a dental implant bridge:
The dental implant bridge procedure can take several months but offers a long-lasting, natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth.
It is essential to follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare, which may include special cleaning techniques, dietary restrictions, and regular check-ups to ensure the implants and bridge remain in good condition.
Dental Implant Bridge Types
- Traditional implant bridge: This type of bridge consists of two or more dental implants that support a series of artificial teeth. The implants are placed into the jawbone and serve as artificial roots for the bridge.
- Cantilever implant bridge: This type of bridge is similar to a traditional one but only requires one dental implant to support the artificial teeth. This can be useful in cases where there is only one missing tooth or limited space for implants.
- Hybrid implant bridge: This type of bridge combines the benefits of dental implants and dentures. The bridge is attached to several dental implants but can also be removed for cleaning and maintenance.
- All-on-four implant bridge: This type of bridge is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth with only four dental implants. The implants are strategically placed to provide maximum support for the bridge.
- Zygomatic implant bridge (Unavailable at Amazing Smiles): This type of bridge is used when traditional dental implants cannot be placed due to insufficient bone in the jaw. The implants are anchored to the cheekbone (zygomatic bone) instead of the jawbone. Zygomatic implants are usually provided by Oral & Maxillofacial specialists.
The choice of which type of dental implant bridge to use will depend on several factors, including the location and extent of the missing teeth, the patient’s individual needs and preferences, and the recommendations of the dentist or dental specialist.
As a result of Dental Implant Bridges being designed in accordance to each patient’s individual needs, Amazing Smiles provide a FREE initial examination for a quote for dental implant services.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridge Benefits
- Stability: Dental implant bridges are anchored to the jawbone, which provides a stable and secure foundation for the prosthesis. This means dental implant bridges do not slip or shift around like other dental prostheses.
- Durability: Dental implant bridges are made of solid and durable materials like porcelain or ceramic. They can withstand the forces of biting and chewing and can last for many years with proper care.
- Preservation of bone: Dental implants stimulate the bone tissue in the jaw, which helps prevent the bone loss that can occur when teeth are missing. This helps to preserve the shape and structure of the jaw over time.
- Improved oral health: Dental implant bridges do not require the removal of any healthy tooth structure, as is necessary for traditional dental bridges. This means that the surrounding teeth are not compromised, which can help improve oral health.
- Improved appearance: Dental implant bridges are custom-made to match the colour, shape, and size of the patient’s natural teeth, which means they blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth and can help to improve the patient’s appearance and self-confidence.
- Improved speech: Missing teeth can affect speech and pronunciation, but dental implant bridges can help to restore proper speech and articulation by filling in gaps left by missing teeth.
Overall, dental implant bridges are a highly effective and popular option for replacing missing teeth, offering a number of benefits over other types of dental prostheses.
Implant Bridge vs Dental Bridge
A dental or fixed bridge is a prosthesis anchored to the natural teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth.
The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared by removing some enamel to create space for the bridge to fit over them.
The bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth that fill the gap, and it is cemented in place.
A dental implant bridge, on the other hand, is anchored to dental implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone.
The implants serve as artificial roots for the bridge, providing a stable, long-lasting foundation for the prosthesis.
The bridge is similar to a dental bridge, consisting of one or more artificial teeth that fill the gap left by missing teeth.
The main advantages of a dental implant bridge over a traditional dental bridge are that dental implants provide a more secure and long-lasting foundation for the prosthesis, and they also help to preserve the bone in the jaw by delivering stimulation to the bone tissue.
However, the dental implant bridge procedure is more invasive and time-consuming than a traditional dental bridge and may be more expensive.
Ultimately, the best option for replacing missing teeth depends on several factors, including the location and extent of the missing teeth, the condition of the surrounding teeth and gums, and the patient’s needs and preferences.
An Amazing Smiles dental implant dentist can help determine the best option for you.
Dental Implant Bridge Costs
- The number of teeth being replaced: The more teeth that need to be replaced, the higher the cost of the dental implant bridge.
- The number of dental implants required: The number of dental implants required will affect the overall cost of the dental implant bridge. The more implants needed, the higher the price.
- The need for additional procedures: Additional procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lift or other dental procedures may be needed to support the dental implant bridge. These different procedures will add to the overall cost.
Overall, the cost of a dental implant bridge will depend on several factors.
Discuss them with a dentist or dental specialist to get a more accurate estimate of the total cost.
Designing dental implant bridges differ between patients. Due to the unforeseen variables or design types listed above, Amazing Smiles Dental Clinics provide a FREE first consultation for a quote on Dental Implant services.
This will allow our cosmetic dentists to thoroughly examine the current health of your teeth and recommend a tailored plan suitable for you.
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