In part one of this series on dental bridges we discussed the conventional dental bridge. This is a bridge that is used to fill the place of a missing tooth without the use of a dental implant. In today’s post we are going to discuss a dental implant supported bridge: the most secure of the two options.
There are several benefits of the dental implant supported bridge. Not only will they take the pressure off the teeth that anchored the conventional bridge, but you can actually place one individual tooth for each tooth you are missing. The implant will act like your natural tooth, because the tooth root will be replaced with a titanium post as the picture above demonstrates. As always each patient is unique, thus a thorough dental examination is a routine part of determining if a dental implant is the best solution for you.
If you are moving from a bridge to a dental implant or if you have recently lost your tooth, you will need to have adequate bone for the implant placement. In many cases if a patient doesn’t have enough bone to successfully place a dental implant, a bone graft can correct the situation providing enough bone for the implant to be secure.
When planning to have a dental implant placed, it’s important that you find an oral surgeon that also understands and practices cosmetic surgery. The gum that surrounds the implant site will need to look natural. If this isn’t the case then a gum graft can often correct this. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that the implant restoration looks natural and functions well with your existing bite.
At our practice we have everything onsite to provide you the absolute best service available from the oral and cosmetic surgeon to an onsite ceramics specialist and laboratory. We do our best to provide our patients with the absolute best experience and stunning results.