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Implant supported bridges

Implant supported bridges

Replacing your decayed or missing teeth is important to preserve your oral health. Besides making your smile look less attractive, tooth loss changes your facial structure, causing the remaining teeth to shift into the gap and lead to loss of the underlying bone.

Missing several teeth may also affect your speech and ability to chew, affecting the digestion of foods. Different teeth replacement options are available such as removable partial dentures, but they offer less stability than implant-supported bridges. An implant-supported bridge restores chewing function to allow you to eat normally.

What is an implant-supported bridge?

The standard dental bridges can prevent issues caused by tooth loss, but an implant-supported bridge has other advantages. Unlike the traditional bridges that use the adjacent teeth as support, the implant will act as support for the bridge, preventing the need for reshaping adjacent teeth. With implant-supported bridges, your dentist doesn’t need to file down healthy teeth to replace missing teeth.

How many implants are necessary?

An implant-supported bridge can replace several teeth by securing the bridge on dental implants. The implants needed to secure the bridge varies depending on each patient’s needs. Most people get two dental implants to support three missing teeth. This configuration has two teeth on either end of the bridge and one tooth in the middle.

Fitting dental implants prevent further bone loss after tooth removal. Tooth loss leaves the underlying bone redundant. Since the bone doesn’t get sensations from the force of biting down, bone regeneration stops, and your body absorbs the bone leading to bone shrinkage.

With an implant-supported bridge, the implants will serve as the tooth root, feeling the force of biting down and the underlying bone remains stimulated. Although bone resorption may occur under the middle part of your bridge, this causes fewer issues compared to fitting the traditional bridge or no dental restoration.

Fitting an implant-supported bridge is more cost-effective than replacing each missing tooth with one implant and crown but more expensive than removable dental restoration because implant placement requires surgery.

The most suitable option for replacing missing teeth will depend on your oral health and finances.

Implant-supported bridge procedure

Fitting implant-supported bridges require several appointments and steps.

  • The first appointment after consultation is for placing the dental implants
  • After placing the implants, you will wait for several months to allow your gums and bone surrounding the implants to heal
  • After the implant sites heal, your dentist will take your dental impression to make a mould.
  • The dentist will send your mould to the lab to make your crowns that match your existing tooth colour and structure
  • You will get a temporary bridge as you wait for the permanent bridge
  • When the permanent bridge is available, you will have an appointment where the dentist will cement or screw it on the implants.

If you’re missing some teeth and need a functional and aesthetically-pleasing solution, do not hesitate to visit our dental implants clinic Turkey. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment with our dentist.