What are Implant Bridges?
Implant bridges are a modern and effective solution for patients who are missing several teeth. Unlike traditional dental bridges that rely on natural teeth for support, implant bridges are supported by dental implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone. This provides a stable and long-lasting foundation for the bridge, allowing patients to enjoy a more permanent solution to tooth loss. Implant bridges are particularly beneficial for patients who want to avoid the hassle and discomfort of traditional dentures, as they offer a more natural look and feel. Additionally, implant bridges can help to restore proper chewing function, improve speech, and prevent further bone loss in the jaw. Overall, implant bridges are an excellent option for patients looking to improve their oral health and restore their smile.
Why would Implant Bridges be needed?
Implant bridges may be needed for a variety of reasons, including:
- Missing teeth: If you have one or more missing teeth, an implant bridge can fill in the gaps in your smile and help you chew and speak more easily.
- Unstable dentures: If you currently wear dentures but find them to be unstable or uncomfortable, switching to implant-supported dentures can improve your quality of life.
- Jawbone loss: If you have experienced jawbone loss due to periodontal disease or other issues, implant bridges can help to restore your smile and prevent further bone loss.
Who would be a candidate for Implant Bridges?
Ideal candidates for implant bridges are individuals who:
- Have good oral health: You will need to have healthy gums and enough jawbone density to support the implants.
- Are missing multiple teeth: Implant bridges are typically used to replace two or more missing teeth.
- Want a long-term solution: Implant bridges are designed to last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
What happens during the Implant Bridge procedure?
The implant bridge procedure typically involves several steps:
- Consultation: Dr. Johnson will evaluate your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
- Implant placement: The implants will be surgically placed into your jawbone.
- Healing period: It can take several months for the bone to fuse with the implant and create a stable foundation.
- Abutment placement: Once the implants have healed, abutments will be attached to the implants to support the bridge.
- Bridge placement: The final step is to attach the bridge to the abutments, completing the restoration of your smile.
Overall, implant bridges are a great option for patients who want a long-term, stable solution for missing teeth. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your options.