An implant-supported 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 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 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, can even last a lifetime, and remains in your mouth.
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 dental implant cons.
When you’re ready to explore this oral 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.