Dental Implant-Supported Bridges
If you are missing several teeth, but still have some strong, healthy ones, ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry is likely to suggest that you get a bridge. The traditional bridge is a type of denture that is supported by the natural teeth on either side. This bridge is cemented into place and can last upwards of 15 years, depending on how well you take care of it. However, bridges to eventually wear down and require replacement.
A New Type of Bridge
These types of bridges, however, are becoming obsolete thanks to implant-supported bridges. The biggest difference between these bridges and traditional ones is that instead of cementing them into your mouth, they are held in place by small metal implants. These implants are placed in the jawbone. Usually, you receive one implant for each tooth that is being replaced. Then the crown piece, which is one unit made up of connected fake teeth, is locked down onto these implants.
The Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge
There are some reasons why ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry may suggest an implant-supported bridge instead of individual implants. These bridges more equally distribute the pressure put on the implants. If you grind your teeth a lot or tend to clench your jaw, you may put too much pressure on the individual implants. This can cause them to become loose. An implant-supported bridge doesn’t have this issue since the pressure is spread across the entire bridge.
Implant-supported bridges are also useful when you are missing upper teeth. In some cases, ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry may hesitate to place an implant if it’s too near a sinus cavity. An implant-supported bridge can skip a space so that the implants could be placed on either side of the sinus cavity. This can also be done on the top or bottom of your mouth if an implant would be too close to one of your nerves or in places where there’s not enough bone for an implant. As long as there’s an implant-supported crown on either side, these floating crowns are just as durable as any other part of the bridge.
More Comfortable and Natural
Your implant-supported bridge will not look any different than normal teeth, so no one will realize that you have implants. They are also more comfortable and durable than traditional bridges or partial dentures. They are securely installed in your mouth, so there’s no need to worry about slippage. You also won’t have to be concerned about having them replaced like you would a traditional bridge. You will be able to eat and drink anything you want, too.
Cleaning your implant-supported bridge doesn’t require anything extra, either. Simply brush, use mouthwash, and floss as you would regularly.
Is an Implant-Supported Bridge Right for You?
If you are missing several teeth and are in need of a bridge, contact us today to discuss this option. Implant-supported bridges may not be an option for everyone, so you will need to schedule a consultation to see if this type of bridge is the right solution for your dental needs.