Bridges Supported with Dental Implants: Replace Several Teeth and save money
Tooth loss is a common dental concern
Tooth loss is a common dental concern, and thousands of people across the UK suffer from multiple tooth losses every year. But don’t worry – multiple restorative treatments fill gaps and address tooth loss for good.
However, as your London local implant experts, we’re here to tell you that there is no one size fits all when it comes to dental implants. Your implant treatment will depend on the number of missing teeth and where you have lost them in the mouth. Discover your ideal implant treatment – book a consultation.
When might you need an implant-supported bridge:
In the case of several missing teeth in a row, one of the most common treatments is implant-supported bridges, which also help patients save money on replacing each gap individually.
The procedure will involve supporting one or more crowns on a minimum of two anchor points, which will be the two titanium roots in the mouth.
However, there are a few other cases where our dentists have recommended more anchor points.
Types of tooth implants
- For individual tooth loss: Single implants
- Several missing teeth in a row: Implant-support bridge
- Missing teeth (in various locations): Multiple implants
- Total tooth loss: All-on-Four
How do implant-retained bridges compare to traditional bridges?
For a start, implant-supported bridges are better your oral health.
As implant-supported bridges replace some of your tooth roots, the bone is better preserved. In the case of traditional fixed bridges, some of the bone that surrounds your natural tooth root can be resorbed and deteriorate.
Dental implants, in this case, integrate with the jawbone and help keep it healthy and intact. But what is it like in the long term? Implants are stable, functional, and durable. At the same time, gum and bone around a fixed bridge or partial denture can recede, leaving a visible defect.
On top of this, the cement holding bridges in place can wash out, which allows bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.
Are you suitable?
Implant-retained bridge procedure
Implants, which are titanium screws, are placed into your jaw. Following the implantation, a minimum of three months is required for the implant and bone to bond together.
Our implant dentists can place temporary teeth worn over the implant sites to replace gaps during the healing period.
The procedure’s second stage is to uncover the implants and attach the extensions. These small metal posts are called abutments and are used to fix the crown to the implant.
Following this stage, the gums require a further few weeks of healing before the final restoration. If you are looking for something faster, some implant systems are one-stage that do not require an additional step. These systems use implants that already have the abutment attached.
The implant process
Pros and cons of an implant-supported bridge
The most obvious limitation of an implant-supported bridge is the length of time it can take for all stages of the procedure to be completed. The cost for some can also be another drawback, but it is worth it in the opinion of our specialist dentists.
Despite these downfalls, many of our patients find that the advantages of this treatment far outweigh the cons. Implant-supported bridges do not require any alteration of natural teeth and hold a bridge so much more securely.
The extra security means that the implant feels and functions just like natural teeth would and are just as easy to care for.
Discover what will be the best implant treatment for you
The world of restorative dentistry and implantology can be confusing. Trust Aqua Dental’s experience and expertise in implant dentistry; we’ll assess your oral state and recommend the most suitable implant treatment for you, with even your budget considered.