Implant Supported Bridges
What Exactly are Implant Supported Bridges and How Do They Work?
Are you curious about implant supported bridges and the benefits that they could provide you? You’re not alone. In fact, implant supported bridges are a bit more popular than most people realize. With a traditional, or fixed, bridge you have a series of false teeth that span the gap left behind by missing teeth. It, literally, “bridges the gap”, thus the name.
One of the conditions that all patients must meet in order to get a fixed bridge, is to have healthy, strong teeth on either side of where the bridge would go in order to support it. So, what happens if your teeth do not meet this requirement? This is where implant supported bridges come into play.
The Process Of Getting Implant Supported Bridges
Implant supported bridges serve the same purpose as a traditional fixed bridge. However, the process is a little more involved. The process involves performing two different oral surgeries. The first is to place, depending on the size, two or more “screws” into the jaw. These act as the roots or anchors for your upcoming bridge and most be allowed to fully heal prior to the next step. For the second surgery, we will go in and remove some of the tissue that covers the heads of your implants. Once this is completed, we will put protective caps on the implants to help guide the tissue to heal the way we want it to.
Once everything is all healed up, we remove the caps and place the abutments. The only thing left to do now is make an impression of your healed mouth, with abutments, and get your bridge made and placed. The entire process from start to finish can take up to 5 months, maybe more depending on your schedule and healing time.
Benefits Of Implant Supported Bridges
With a fixed bridge that is connected to your existing teeth, you will experience some level of bone recession. Without the root of the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the body limits the amount of resources it sends to that area of the body. However, the screws from the implant supported bridges act exactly like a natural tooth root. It stimulates the jaw, which tells the body to keep sending those vital nutrients to the stimulated areas.
Another great benefit is that implant supported bridges will not put additional pressure on your existing teeth. You see, a fixed bridge requires us to drill down the existing teeth to make room for the bridge and give it the support it needs. Over time, the bridge exerts pressure on the surrounding teeth, which can not only cause them to become loose, but they can also begin to augment the shape of your face. This pressure can also cause the dental crowns to wear down quicker. This can throw your bite off, which can lead to an entirely new set of problems with a fixed bridge.
If you want to know more about implant supported bridges or fixed bridges, contact Amir Sanjabi, DDS today at (562) 287-8016. We will schedule an appointment and see what dental restoration options are best for you.