Guide to Implant-Supported Bridge

If you are missing one or more teeth, then an implant-supported bridge is the right choice. While traditional bridges depend on natural teeth to replace the missing teeth, an implant-supported bridge does not rely on the surrounding teeth for the support. Instead, it is connected to the dental implants Sydney. Yes, one implant is anchored into the jawbone for each missing teeth. Finally, the crowns are connected to form a single piece and then placed over the implants.

When is an implant-supported bridge used?

When a patient is missing one or more teeth, the implant-supported bridge is used. Also, it is used when the dentist feels that you will be applying too much pressure on implants that are not connected with each other. When the jawbone is fitted with the implant-supported bridge, it reduces the chances of deterioration of the bones. The pressure applied on the implants will be reduced, and it gets spread across the bridge.

The implants will be placed next to the natural teeth if the gums and teeth are in good condition. If you don’t have enough bone to support the implants, the dentist will reconstruct the bone to support the implants using the bone augmentation technique. The bone grafting procedure will affect the dental implants cost.

An implant-supported bridge consists of

The implant – It is a screw-shaped structure made of titanium material and surgically placed into the jawbone. One implant will be placed for each missing tooth. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, it fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration to form a sturdy foundation for the replacement teeth.

The abutment – The abutment is made of titanium or porcelain material, and it is screwed or cemented to the implant.

The crown – The prosthetic teeth are connected with each other to form a bridge. They are customised to match the natural teeth and are attached on top of the implant.

How long does it take to heal?

The healing time may vary from patient to another based on their oral and overall health condition. Generally, it takes about five to six months. You have to undergo two surgeries. The first sitting involves the placement of the implant. After a period of time, the dentist will take an x-ray to determine whether the implants are fused with the jawbone or not. Once it is healed, you will have to undergo minor surgery which involves placing the implant-supported bridge.

Is it worth investing in an implant-supported bridge?

When compared to traditional bridges, implant-supported implants offer a wealth of benefits.

  • Implant-supported bridge restoration technique does not cause any damage to the nearby healthy teeth.
  • As bridges are customised to match the natural teeth, dental implants look like a real tooth.
  • Cheap dental implants help to restore the smile and functionality.
  • With implants, you can speak, smile, and eat like you normally would.
  • Preserves the jawbone and guard against the loosening of surrounding teeth.
  • Provide optimal comfort and security.

Missing teeth can cause a lot of oral complication. Speak to our dentist and we are happy to assist you.