Dental Implant Supported Bridge
What are Implant Supported Bridges?
A traditional dental bridge is supported by at least two healthy teeth, in fact this is where it gets its name as it bridges the gap between healthy teeth. An Implant Supported bridge however is supported by dental implants and not by healthy teeth. Usually the one-piece bridge is attached to one implant per missing tooth, but it can also bridge the gap between two implants just like a traditional bridge.
What are the advantages of an implant supported bridge?
There are a number of advantages to having implant supported bridges fitted.
A traditional bridge places extra load over the healthy teeth that it sits on. It is not uncommon for these teeth to wear away under the strain, since an implant bridge sits on implants rather than other teeth it has no adverse effect on healthy teeth.
Implants are also much longer lasting. A traditional bridge may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years, whereas a well maintained, correctly fitted implant supported bridge is capable of lasting for the rest of your life.
Implant Supported Bridges can also be used when there is reason to think that standard implants will not last very well. If the patient has a tendency to clench their teeth or to grind them then it is possible that they might wear out individual implants prematurely. Since Implant Supported Bridges are a solid one piece attachment they tend to wear a lot better in these circumstances.
What is the procedure for fitting an Implant Supported Bridge?
It is worth mentioning that not everyone's mouth is suitable for dental implants, it largely depends on the amount and quality of jawbone available, jawbone tends to waste away after teeth are lost. If you don't have enough jawbone there are procedures for growing it, but of course these procedures add to the whole process.
If you are interested in getting implants with us then the first thing we would want to do is give you a free consultation to see if your mouth is suitable for Implants. If it is suitable then we will take a dental impression to allow us to match the type and style of implants to your mouth.
The next step will be to place the implants themselves, after this there will be a period of a number of months before fitting the bridge while the implants fuse with the jawbone. Once this period has passed we will check the implants have seated correctly before fitting new bridge.
If you are interested in implant supported bridges feel free to get in touch for a free consultation.