Do you have a gap in your mouth that spans the length of two or more teeth? Left untreated, such a gap could cause serious problems down the road, such as shifting teeth, bone loss, and even wrinkles.
But don’t worry—treatment is available!
One way to address multiple tooth gaps is an implant-supported dental bridge.
What Is an Implant Bridge?
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth (or teeth) that spans the gap left behind when you lose one or more teeth. A typical bridge is anchored to a natural tooth on either side using dental crowns. Although this is the right option for some patients, it involves slightly reducing the integrity of the healthy teeth that will serve as anchors.
In contrast, an implant-supported bridge is anchored using dental implants; therefore, there is no need to shave or adjust any of your healthy teeth. This makes an implant-supported bridge a superior option in many cases.
Additionally, implant-supported bridges are more secure than typical bridges, and perform better under greater pressure. That makes them ideal for patients who clench or grind their teeth.
How Are Implant Bridges Installed?
As a first step, your dentist will review your dental and medical history and x-rays, followed by a comprehensive oral exam. The dentist may also conduct a computer tomography (CT) scan to map out the exact location of your nerves and sinuses.
If it’s determined that you would benefit from an implant bridge, the dentist will then schedule two surgeries.
- Surgery 1: The dentist places the implant(s) in your jawbone, after which he or she will allow three to six months for the tissue surrounding the implants to heal. This will allow time for the implants and bone to fuse together.
- Surgery 2: After this initial fusion and healing process, the dentist will prepare the gums for accepting the bridge.
Following this procedure, you will receive a temporary bridge. This bridge will stay in place between four and eight weeks. During this initial period, your dentist will test the fit of your permanent bridge and make adjustments as needed.
Once we achieve the perfect fit, your bridge will be completed, placed in your mouth, and secured to the implants.
Helping You Make the Right Decision
Are you interested in receiving an implant-supported bridge? Our Sacramento dentists are be happy to provide more information and help determine if this solution is right for you. Contact our Sacramento dental clinic today and we’ll be happy to set up an appointment.