Many people lack the confidence to smile, simply because of a few missing teeth. The Marconi Dental Group brings that confidence back with many different restoration options, and one of these is a dental bridge – supported by implants, instead of your teeth. What’s the difference?
Implant-supported bridges offer far more security, stability and support. Typical dental bridges connect to the surrounding teeth with attached crowns. Since the false teeth in-between are not connected to the jaw, they only receive support from the side teeth and the gums. This is similar to a rope bridge fastened to either side of a chasm. It lacks support in the middle. But if a central steel support reinforced the bridge, fused into the ground below, would you feel more confident when crossing it? The same principle applies to dental bridges – anchoring them to the jaw is far more beneficial than just fastening the bridge to surrounding teeth. By connecting to the jaw, implant bridges not only avoid modifying your remaining teeth, but they also stimulate the jawbone, keeping your jaw healthy.
Installing Implant Bridges
The procedure begins with preparation. Your Carmichael dentist conducts a comprehensive exam, including your medical history, x-rays, eating and drinking habits, nerve and sinus locations. We want to consider anything affecting your teeth. If the procedure requires more bone, your dentist is happy to discuss bone grafts and other options with you. Finally, when both you and your dentist are ready to proceed, we schedule two surgeries and a few follow-up visits.
During the first surgery, your dentist places the implants into your jawbone. Healing takes place over the next three to six months as the bone and implants fuse together. We schedule a follow-up visit to make sure your jaw is healing properly.
Once the fusion is complete, we call you in for your second surgery. Your dentist prepares your gums for accepting the new bridge. Once your gums heal, your dentist puts a temporary bridge in place for the next four to eight weeks.
At your next follow-up, your dentist makes certain the fit is holding strong, making any necessary adjustments. When your dentist is convinced the fit is right, your permanent bridge is placed in your mouth and secured. You can now feel free to show off your new bridge with a happy smile!
The Marconi Dental Group understands that every mouth is different. With many options available for implant-supported bridges, we can find just the right option for your individual circumstances. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.