An implant-supported bridge is similar to a traditional dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. The implants are placed in the bone below the gum tissue acting as anchors or posts for a custom-made bridge that will match your existing teeth. After osseointegration of the implants is complete, a custom bridge is cemented onto the abutments.
- An implant-supported bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing.
- It also may be used if we are concerned that you might put too much pressure on individual implants that are not connected to each other. For example, clenching or grinding your teeth can put a lot of pressure on individual implants. This can increase the chances that they will loosen from the bone and fail. An implant-supported bridge reduces the pressure on the individual implants in the bone, and spreads it across the entire bridge.
- In some cases, we may not want to put an implant in a certain place in your mouth because there may not be enough jawbone to support an implant, or the location may be too close to a nerve or sinus cavity (located above your upper teeth). In that case, we can avoid the area by placing implants on both sides of the space. An implant-supported bridge will be placed on top.
- If the implants will be placed next to natural teeth, the natural teeth and surrounding gums must be in good health. If you don’t have enough bone to place and support the dental implants, the supporting bone can be built up using bone augmentation or grafting before the actual implant procedure begins. Dental implants may aid in reducing the bone loss and preserving your remaining healthy teeth.
Dental implants look, feel and function very similar to natural teeth, and can last a lifetime.
Don’t ignore missing back teeth Losing multiple teeth from decay, gum disease or neglect will have a domino effect resulting in bone loss around your remaining teeth causing them to become loose, rotated and mobile. Don’t be complacent just because your missing teeth are in the back of your mouth! To avoid the risk of cascading harm to neighboring teeth, your lost teeth should be replaced as soon as possible with implants.
|Middle aged woman with six missing teeth; replaced with a bridge dental implant|