What is an Implant-Supported Bridge?
An implant-supported bridge is a fixed bridge used to replace several missing teeth in a row. Unlike traditional bridges, they attach to a pair of dental implants (as opposed to natural teeth.) They're a great alternative to removable partial dentures and can replace more teeth than conventional bridges. On average, an implant-supported bridge will fill in at least 3-4 teeth at once, using only two implants. If you have additional missing teeth, implants can be added for more support when needed.
Why Choose Implant Bridges Over a Partial Denture?
Partial dentures are removable and rely on other teeth to hold them in place. They also tend to have visible metal clasps (which wrap around adjacent teeth), whereas dental implants are independent and thus more natural-looking. The built-in clasps can lead to partials weakening your healthy teeth over time. And like traditional dentures, partials do need to be replaced every so often.
With implants, your restorations are permanently fixed in place and can last for a lifetime. They stand independently of other teeth in your mouth without any visible metal. Each "tooth" on the implant bridge is custom-designed to blend in with your natural smile.
Advantages of Implant Bridges
Dental implants are the only restoration that is nearly identical to anatomical teeth. Their permanent design looks and feels like your own teeth, providing ample support to eat all of your favorite foods. And since implant-supported bridges do not rely on natural teeth for support, they are non-invasive to the healthy teeth you still have.
Implants can last a lifetime when cared for properly, making them an ideal choice for our Summerfield patients with missing teeth. Plus, they help strengthen the bone where the implants are installed, delaying premature aging that is frequently seen in people with missing teeth.
How to Care for an Implant-Supported Bridge
To keep your dental implants and bridge healthy, you'll want to care for them as you would natural teeth. Dr. Patel recommends that you brush your implants daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush or use an electric brush. Try to use a gentle brushing motion, so you don't irritate the gums around your implant posts. Also, remove food particles from the spaces between your gum tissues and the implants by flossing around and under the bridge once or twice a day.
Be sure to plan regular checkups at our Summerfield dental office to have your implants and remaining teeth evaluated and professionally cleaned.
Missing Tooth Options in Summerfield, FL
Visit Dr. Patel in Summerfield, Florida, to learn more about implant-supported bridges as alternatives to partial dentures. Flexible payment options are available, and we'll be happy to answer any questions that you have. Contact us today to get started.