We find that, while many patients of ours are somewhat familiar with the concept of dental implants, they often need more in-depth knowledge as to how they work and what other services typically complement dental implants.
After all, dental implants is the restorative part of the procedure, but there is still a cosmetic component that must be addressed in order to ensure the best outcome from both a functional and aesthetic perspective.
In this article, we’re specifically going to cover implant supported bridges, often referred to as a bridge with dental implants.
Why a Dental Bridge is Supported by Implants
You see, when it comes to dental bridges, there must be a solid structure underneath the bridge for support (just like you would see on a roadway bridge). For bridge support, either natural teeth or dental implants are used.
For missing teeth, dental-grade titanium screws (known as a dental implant) are placed into the jawbone at each end of the bridge, which will serve as the anchor for the dental bridge. Over time, through a process known as osseointegration, the titanium screw fuses with the jawbone, creating a root that is just as strong (if not stronger than) as your natural tooth roots.
If just one tooth needs replacing, oftentimes a dental implant is topped with a porcelain crown. In the case of multiple missing teeth side by side requiring implants for support, a bridge may be used to finish off the procedure.
With using dental implants to properly anchor the bridge, it would be of little use as it would move around in your mouth much like a pair of poor-fitting dentures. In some cases, a bridge is used because it puts less stress on the individual implants by spreading the “stress” across the entire bridge.
How is a Dental Bridge Made?
At Bragg Dental, our priority is to ensure that you get a bridge that is both beautiful and properly fitted to your mouth. This is why we work with a leading lab that specializes in crafting custom-made dental bridges.
We perform a complete analysis—we take x-rays and examine your mouth to ensure that a bridge will fit perfectly and will be crafted to perfection.
Our bridges are typically made with either semi-precious metals, gold, or porcelain materials depending on where the bridge is located in the mouth and depending on patient preference. We will happily discuss the pros and cons of a dental bridge, as well as the materials that will be used to craft your custom bridge prior to any work being completed.
Is an Implant-Supported Dental Bridge Right for You?
If you think you may be a candidate for an implant-supported bridge or if you simply want more information about dental implants or bridges, we encourage you to give our Cumming, GA office a call or contact us today.
You don’t have to settle for less than the best and an implant-supported bridge could be the best procedure for you! Give us a call today.