If you are missing one or more teeth, implant-supported bridges can provide a comfortable, natural-looking solution. Implant-supported bridges are fairly similar to traditional bridges. However, instead of having support from dental crowns, implant-supported bridges are fused to titanium posts which are embedded in the jaw. With this type of bridge, it’s possible to replace a missing tooth from root to crown, allowing it to work just like a natural tooth.
What is the Process for Implant-Supported Bridges?
The process for getting an implant-supported bridge requires several stages of treatment. The amount of time this takes primarily depends on whether you require preparatory treatments and which type of implant you receive. To begin the process, dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone beneath the missing teeth. After surgery, patients will require several months to heal. During this time, the bone tissues fuse to the implants in a process called osseointegration.
After healing takes place and the implant is fully attached, the second stage of treatment is scheduled. During this stage, the patient’s gums are opened, and abutment posts are secured to the implants. After this, the gums will need additional time to heal. In the final stage, a dental compound is used to attach the final dental bridge to the abutment posts.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
Patients who receive implant-supported bridges can experience the following benefits:
- They provide a permanent solution to tooth loss
- With the proper aftercare, implant-supported bridges can last a lifetime
- Look and function like natural teeth
- Patients can easily maintain their natural teeth
- Prevention of bone loss
- Prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of place
Ask a Fountain Hills Dentist About Implant-Supported Bridges
If you have experienced tooth loss, a Fountain Hills dentist can help you rebuild your smile. To find out whether implant-supported bridges are right for you, call Parkview Dentistry today! A member of our team can answer all of your questions and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!