Traditional vs Implant-Supported Bridges
A traditional bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth that are anchored in place with dental crowns. The dental crowns are placed over the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth, which requires altering the tooth structure. Compared to implant-retained bridges, traditional bridges are a simpler treatment. A traditional dental bridge may be the only way to replace missing teeth for patients who do not qualify for dental implants.
For the right candidates, implant-supported bridges are the preferred way to replace missing teeth. The bridge is attached to a titanium implant post that is surgically embedded into the jaw. Implant-supported bridges provide several unique benefits:
- Adjacent teeth do not need to be reduced to accommodate crowns.
- Implants can provide a lifetime of reliable support.
- Implants prevent the jawbone deterioration that follows tooth loss.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, you are probably a candidate for a bridge. Any gum disease or tooth decay will need to be resolved before the restoration is placed.
You may be a candidate for an implant-supported bridge if you:
- Are a non-smoker
- Are not diabetic, or have controlled diabetes
- Have sufficient jawbone tissue, or are willing to undergo bone grafting to replace lost tissue
During your consultation, we will take careful note of your health, needs, and goals in order to determine which solution is right for you.
If you are suffering because of missing teeth, take the first step toward renewed comfort, health, and confidence by reaching out to our dentists today.
Placing a Traditional Dental Bridge
To place a traditional bridge, your dentist will first prepare your teeth for crowns. He will reduce the teeth on either side of the gap before taking impressions. Patients may receive a temporary bridge while they wait for their permanent bridge to be crafted, which takes about two weeks.
When your bridge is ready, you will come back to our office to have it placed. At this time, your dentist will ensure it fits properly. Next, the restoration will be secured in place with dental cement. Your dentist can make any necessary adjustments at this time in order to achieve a comfortable and balanced bite.
Receiving an Implant-Supported Bridge
Implant patients will undergo a minor oral surgery to have the titanium post inserted into their jaw. Over the next four to six months, the implant and bone will become fused. When this process is complete, you will return to have your abutments placed, which connect the implants to the bridge. After the gum tissue has healed - usually after about two weeks - you will return to receive your permanent bridge.
Begin Restoring Your Smile Today
If you are suffering because of missing teeth, take the first step toward renewed comfort, health, and confidence. Request a consultation today by calling (201) 652-2474 or filling out our online form.