Implant Bridges - What You Need to Know | Dr. John Harman Dental Care

What Is A Bridge?

Before we talk about the amazing treatment options available with a dental implant bridge, let’s get some terminology clear. A bridge is a dental treatment option that simply bridges the gap of a missing tooth or missing teeth in some cases. This treatment requires the use of two additional teeth on either side of the gap. The teeth are prepared for dental crowns and along with the missing tooth are created into one solid unit. The bridge is then securely cemented onto your teeth, restoring the missing tooth. With fixed dental bridges or a removable partial. The bone that surrounded the tooth might begin to resorb. That’s because jawbones require pressure, to stay healthy and intact. To help overcome this challenge, dental implant-supported bridges are the ideal treatment solution.

Implant Bridges

An implant-supported bridge or a dental implant bridge is a lot like a traditional dental bridge. But unlike traditional bridges, instead of needing your natural teeth for support, it uses dental implants with artificial teeth. Let’s imagine you have three missing teeth in your lower jaw. Your treatment options for dental implants are either a lower partial denture that comes in and out or an implant-supported bridge. A lower part is a dated treatment option that requires you to remove the restoration and clean it. It can also cause significant problems for the adjacent teeth, or surrounding teeth, tooth roots, and the jaw bone. Gums and bone can recede around a partial denture leaving a visible and lasting effect. The teeth surrounding a partial denture can also shift or move, changing your bite and smile. The resorbed bone beneath a partial can ultimately lead to a collapsed jaw bone, leaving your smile less than attractive. What’s worse, the cement holding the partial in place can be gunky and difficult to use. However, a dental bridge is a perfect solution because it is permanent. Unlike a temporary bridge, this permanent dental bridge can even last a lifetime and remains in your mouth. Depending on how many teeth are missing and where they are located, your dentist will determine if an implant-supported bridge is the best option for you.

Implant-supported bridges are one of the best solutions for tooth decay for multiple teeth while keeping the adjacent natural teeth or neighboring teeth in good health. A fixed bridge with dental implants can also keep the upper jaw from defects. Multiple visits to the dental lab are required as implant-supported restorations may take time with tooth replacement procedures taking time to heal. However, the permanency of the solution outweighs the implant cons.

When you’re ready to explore this oral implant surgery dynamic treatment option, call our visit our office or dental lab today. Dr. Harman and his team are fully committed to ensuring your complete satisfaction and having healthy teeth.


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