Should I Consider an Implant-Supported Bridge?

Missing teeth aren’t just unsightly, they can cause surrounding teeth to shift, resulting in misalignments of your bite that can affect your ability to chew the kind of nutritious foods you like. Missing teeth can even change the way your face looks by allowing teeth to flair out or your bite to collapse, prematurely aging the appearance of your lower face.

What Are Implant-Supported Bridges?

If you’re missing more than one tooth, an implant-supported bridge may be just what you need to regain a happy smile and oral health.

Implant-supported bridges are replacement teeth that are secured to more than one dental implant to replace multiple missing teeth. For this reason, they’re more stable than removable partial dentures. The number of implants we need to place depend on each individual situation, but it’s common to find two implants supporting three  or more teeth, for instance. All told, an implant-supported bridge may be a great permanent solution to:

  • Replace a few missing teeth without any re-shaping or cementing-in of other teeth to support a bridge
  • Let you eat the kinds of food you want again
  • Allow you to smile, eat and speak with security and pride
  • Help you save money compared to other implant options
  • Reduce bone loss compared to removable bridges since the implant replaces tooth roots, stimulating and preserving the jawbone
  • Prevent you from having to take the bridge out for cleaning – it’s only removable by your dental practitioner
  • Have replacement teeth that look just like or better than natural teeth

Are You a Candidate for an Implant-Supported Bridge?

Implant supported bridges are one of our favorite restorative procedures. The number of implants needed to secure a bridge will depend on your individual situation. We’ll be happy to discuss all possible options with you during your initial consultation. Some patients with weakened jawbone tissue may require grafting treatment to strengthen the missing tooth area before we can complete the process. Others with severe gum disease may also not be candidates for this procedure, until the periodontal disease is cleared up, which we also manage.

Getting an implant-supported bridge is one of the best, longest-lasting options offered today to replace missing teeth. Don’t let missing teeth reduce oral health function and complicate smile issues, which can all affect your self-esteem. Let us help you restore your overall health and quality of life. Call us today at 561-912-9993.