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Implant-Supported Bridges

Male patient in dental chair reviewing dental services with dentistImplant supported bridges resemble regular dental bridges, but the former is secured by implants. The latter is supported by your natural teeth. You should consider an implant supported bridge if you’re looking to replace multiple teeth.

What is the Procedure for Implant-Supported Bridges

When we place an implant supported bridge, we usually insert one implant in the jawbone for each lost tooth. Then we connect the crowns to form a single piece.

We often perform two different surgeries to place and prepare an implant. The first surgery will insert the implant into the jaw and cover it with gum tissue. We will then wait between three to six months for the gums to heal. After the healing is finished, we perform a second surgery to expose the implant and put the bridge on top.

How long does the Procedure take?

Many different factors affect how long it will take to finish the implant process. If we use the traditional method of placing implants, the fastest we can complete the process is around seven months for the upper jaw and five months for the lower jaw.

This timeframe includes surgeries and the placement of the bridge. Other factors can cause the process to last for a year or more, especially if you need a bone graft. Recently, dentists can place an implant and a crown in the same visit.

What are the Benefits of Bridges?

Bridges fill the gaps made by missing teeth, restoring the patient’s confidence, smile, and laughter. The prosthetic teeth have the look and function of real teeth. You’ll have to make a replacement bridge after several years, but dental implants are built to last for decades.

Implants will also stimulate the jawbone just like the roots of natural teeth, preserving it from atrophy. The bridges will allow for full dental function, so the patient can speak and eat normally.

The benefits of implant-supported bridges can vary depending on the patient, but they typically provide smiles that are both attractive and secure. These bridges are permanently set inside your mouth, so you won’t need to remove or clean them. Once the procedure is done, Dr. Lynn Jones will instruct you on how to care for them properly.

Who are Good Candidates for Bridges?

Good candidates for dental bridges need two healthy, strong teeth with strong roots in their mouths on both sides of the area where the missing teeth are. The candidate should also have good oral health and good overall health. Periodontal diseases and other diseases will make the healing period more difficult. You should also not smoke or must quit for some time if you do.

For the bridges to work properly, you should have two to three consecutive lost teeth. Since these bridges use dental implants, anyone who is a candidate for dental implants or All-on-4 should also qualify for dental bridges.

Different patients have different conditions, so a higher quality solution may not work for a given patient. Dr. Lynn Jones will work with you to determine the best course of action given your specific needs.

For more information, please contact our office at (425) 688-1345.

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