Your teeth are supposed to last for a lifetime, but that’s not a reality for many Americans. Whether from decay, disease, trauma, or another issue, losing a tooth or two over the years is a common problem. In the past, two or more consecutive missing teeth were replaced using a bridge and crowns. Although it’s an effective solution, many people are turning to dental implants. We can stabilize your smile and give you the next best thing to your real teeth with an implant-retained bridge.
A traditional fixed bridge has been the go-to solution to replace multiple missing teeth for decades. Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth to recreate the teeth you’ve lost. The bridge is held in place by reshaping your adjacent teeth to bond dental crowns over them. Although this is effective, there are many disadvantages, like permanently altering healthy teeth.
An implant-retained bridge resolves the common complaints of the traditional method. Instead of using crowns to support the bridge, an implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone at either end. This allows you to replace the entire structures of the teeth, not just the crowns. As a result, you’ll enjoy unmatched benefits that aren’t possible with a fixed bridge.
With dental implants acting as new tooth roots, this provides a variety of benefits, including:
Unlike a traditional bridge, you can expect the process of rebuilding your smile to take a bit longer; however, it’s time well spent. You’ll first need an initial consultation to ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants. Depending on the results of the examination, you might need additional treatments before undergoing your placement surgery, like tooth extractions or bone grafting. After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, we can start the dental implant process.
Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort as your gum tissue is opened to gain access to your jawbone. Small holes are drilled into pre-determined locations in your jaw, and titanium implant posts are placed into them. Your gum tissue is sutured closed, and you’ll spend the next several weeks healing.
After your jaw has fused to the posts through a process called osseointegration, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach special fixtures to the posts, called abutments. It will take about 2 weeks to heal from the procedure. While you’re recovering, the dental lab is hard at work creating your bridge to meet your exact specifications. When it’s ready, it will be secured to the abutments.
You don’t need to settle for anything less than the best. Contact our office today to replace your missing teeth with dental implants.