Restore Your Smile with an Implant-Supported Bridge
Patients missing consecutive teeth can benefit from implant-supported bridges. These custom restorations can replace one or more missing teeth in a row with superior stability and oral health benefits compared to traditional bridges. At Stubbs Dental in Bountiful, UT, we offer a variety of payment options, such as CareCredit® and LendingClub®, to help you pay for any out-of-pocket costs associated with this procedure. Our team is here to help you achieve and maintain the smile you have always wanted.
Traditional Bridges vs. Implant-supported Bridges
A traditional dental bridge is supported by the natural teeth on either side of the gap. In order to provide a proper fit, these teeth need to be slightly reduced. This involves removing small amounts of enamel allowing the new restoration to be bonded into place. Unfortunately, this process compromises the integrity of the tooth structure.
In contrast, an implant-supported bridge is connected to dental implants rather than the natural teeth. Therefore, all healthy tooth structure can be left intact. When a traditional bridge is placed, it restores the crowns of the missing teeth, but not the roots, whereas an implant-supported restoration also replaces the roots.
An implant-supported bridge can replace one or more missing teeth in a row with superior stability and oral health benefits.
Replacing the roots is important because when teeth are lost or extracted, the roots are no longer present to provide stimulation. As a result, the jawbone can deteriorate over time. When the roots are replaced with implants, the jawbone is supported once again. Therefore, bone preservation is encouraged.
Candidates for an Implant-supported Bridge
Anyone considering an implant-based restoration should have sufficient bone structure. In fact, the long-term success of implants is contingent on the quality and quantity of the bone tissue. Patients who are lacking sufficient bone can increase their eligibility for implant treatment with a preparatory procedure, such as a bone graft or sinus lift.
In addition, patients should be in good overall health, and should not have signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If these conditions are present, restorative treatments will be recommended first. Individuals should also be free from any medical conditions that could impede healing.
Implant-supported Bridge Treatment Process
On the day of your surgery, the doctor will first administer local anesthesia to numb the gums. Then a small incision will be made in the gum tissue so the underlying bone can be accessed. Using special dental tools, the doctor will prepare the jawbone and strategically place the implants. The incision will then be closed with sutures.
Once the implants are placed within the jaw, a few months of healing will be necessary. During this time, the bone tissue will fuse to the implant posts in a process known as osseointegration. When this healing period is over, we will schedule you for another visit to our office for the placement of your final restoration. To do this, the abutments (small connectors) will be attached to the implants, providing an anchor for your new bridge.
Sedation Options for Your Comfort
If you experience dental anxiety or wish to be more relaxed during your visits, we offer a number of sedation options for your comfort. These include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. The option recommended for you will depend on your personal and unique needs. During an initial consultation at our practice, the doctor can discuss your choices with you.
Learn More about Implant-supported Bridges
If you have a large gap in your smile from multiple missing teeth, an implant-supported bridge could be the solution for you. To explore your treatment options, schedule a visit at Stubbs Dental. Call us in Bountiful or Layton, or contact us online.