Patients experience tooth loss for all types of reasons, from poor oral hygiene to trauma from contact sports. Fortunately, there are several available treatments that can replace missing teeth and restore your smile. For many patients, implant-supported bridges offer the optimal solution. This treatment involves the surgical placement of dental implants into the jawbone to provide a firm foundation for your custom-made restoration. Once the bridge is in place, patients often experience a renewed sense of self-confidence knowing that their smile is complete. If you are looking for an experienced dentist in Hopewell Junction, NY, to perform this procedure, Dr. Haitham J. Ennabi and our team at Quality Dental Care, P.C. have been providing patients with outstanding personalized care for over 15 years.
What is an Implant-Supported Bridge?
To understand what an implant supported bridge is, it is important to understand traditional dental bridges and how they differ. Traditional bridges consist of two crowns on either side of a false tooth, known as a pontic. The crowns are cemented to the surrounding teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This is an effective treatment for patients who are missing a single tooth, however, patients who have suffered more extensive loss should consider other options.
Dental implants fuse with your bone and provide unparalleled support and durability for your prosthetic bridge.
Implant-supported bridges are similar to their traditional counterparts, but differ in how they are secured in place. Instead of using the surrounding teeth for support, the prosthetic is attached to dental implants that are surgically embedded in the jawbone. The implants fuse with your bone and provide unparalleled support and durability for your prosthetic bridge.
Candidacy for Implant-Supported Bridges
Scheduling a consultation is the first step in evaluating your candidacy for an implant-supported bridge. There are several general requirements for candidacy, including:
- Patients who are missing two or more consecutive teeth
- Candidates in reasonably good health who practice good oral hygiene
- People who do not smoke, because research has shown that smokers are at a greater risk of developing gum disease
- Patients with enough bone density to support the implants
Placing Implant-Supported Bridges
Qualified candidates will first undergo a dental implant surgery in which two small, titanium posts will be securely placed within the jawbone. When the site has healed, usually between four to six months after surgery, impressions will be taken of your bite using state-of-the-art technology. These impressions will be used by lab technicians to create a custom-made bridge that integrates seamlessly into your smile. At a follow-up visit, Dr. Ennabi will make certain that your restoration properly fits and make any necessary adjustments.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
For anyone missing two or more consecutive teeth, implant-supported bridges can provide tremendous benefits, including:
- Function – Simple tasks, like chewing and speaking, can be extremely difficult if you are missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges can restore functionality to your bite.
- Stability – Traditional dental bridges can apply pressure to and damage the surrounding teeth and gums. However, an implant-supported bridge is attached to the titanium posts, which can save your teeth from unnecessary alterations.
- Consistency – Cleaning your implant-supported bridges is no different than caring for your natural teeth.
- Health – Implant-supported bridges can work to stimulate the nerves within your jaw and promote healthy bone regeneration.
Contact Our Office
If you think you may be a good candidate for an implant-supported bridge or any other restorative procedure, please visit us online or call us at (845) 227-1996 to schedule an appointment today.