Are you seeking a solution for your missing tooth (or teeth)? You’ve found it!
This page includes all the information you need to know about dental bridges as your replacement option.
Continue reading to learn more about the overall treatment process, types of appointments, aftercare, and cost of your implant bridge!
What is An Implant Dental Bridge?
Supported bridges help by replacing multiple teeth at once. It involves placing an implant into the jawbone, fitting and customizing natural-looking crowns, and then connecting each dental crown to one another to create one piece.
Implant supported bridges can help with increased comfort following the procedure, as you are able to treat it as if it is your natural tooth.
An implant supported bridge treatment is also closely related to Single Tooth Dental Implants, as they require the same procedure, but with more than one single tooth.
“I had issues with sleep apnea and never thought it could be because of my two missing teeth. Getting multiple tooth implants has solved my insomnia. Thanks Dr. Albik!”
– Robert S. Cameron Park, CA
How is this Different from a Traditional Dental Bridge?
A supported bridge can be compared to any usual dental bridge, but its main difference is that it is supported by an implant instead of being attached to your natural teeth. A typical dental bridge puts strain on your natural teeth which can weaken them, causing more problems.
These problems include the deterioration of the jawbone from underuse, which causes other teeth to shift.
An important deciding factor is the procedure and downtime that each require. Dental bridges require no surgery, while implant bridges do. This is why is it important to come in for a consultation with Dr. Albik, as you can discuss and decide the best option for you.
With that being said, implants are easier to maintain than dental bridges, because they are standing on their own. This means flossing, cleaning, and chewing are all easily possible.
An implant is more comfortable and can last longer than a traditional dental bridge that need replacing every 10-15 years. If well maintained, implant bridges can last past the 15-year mark, but crowns themselves will still need to be replaced.
Dangers to Leaving Tooth Loss Unfixed
If a missing tooth is left untreated for very long, then this can lead to bone loss. Preventative dentistry of implants makes sure that this loss does not occur.
Tooth loss can also lead to the shifting of adjacent teeth and increases the likelihood of developing gum disease.
In relation to implants, a missing tooth causes the bone underneath to deteriorate and shrink, which makes it harder to place an implant. If this happens, bone grafts may be necessary for a successful surgery.
Dental grafting includes taking a piece of bone from another part of your body, or an artificial grafting material, and using it to improve the area for an implant.
Implant Supported Bridge Treatment Process
During your first appointment, Dr. Albik will examine your missing teeth and determine options for them by taking X-rays and making impressions of your teeth.
Depending on the level of damage or number of teeth missing, a CT scan may be taken to see where bone loss, nerves, and sinuses are to avoid hitting them with the tooth implants. This is especially common when multiple teeth are missing, as a lot of the bone could have deteriorated.
If the jaw has enough healthy bone to hold the implant and everything else looks good, you can now plan your next appointment of when you would like to get the surgery done. If bone grafts are required, then this can add time onto the surgery process.
2. First Surgery
The first step to this type of bridge is placing the implant. Dr. Albik will use the molds created of your mouth, called a wax-up, to determine the best place to insert the implants to keep the crowns looking and functioning like natural teeth.
The wax-up will be used as a template in your mouth during the surgery to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Following the first surgery, your next appointment with Dr. Albik will be scheduled after 3-4 months for implants that were placed in the lower jaw, or 5-6 months for the upper jaw to allow time for the implant to fuse to the bone.
3. Second Surgery
For the second surgery, Dr. Albik will take X-rays to make sure that the implants are fused to the bone. The second surgery is less invasive than the first, and requires making an incision to expose the top of the implant.
A healing cap is placed of the exposed implant so that the gums heal correctly to prepare for the temporary bridge.
4. Temporary and Permanent Bridges
There are many different types of implant supported bridges, and Dr. Albik will discuss these options will you to decide the best fit.
The temporary bridge is made out of softer material than the permanent bridge will be. This allows the gums and jawbone to get used to the pressure of biting, as well as ensuring that the dental crowns fit comfortably while looking like natural teeth.
Once everything is fitting comfortably, our team will move onto getting a permanent bridge put in place.
5. Following the Treatment - Aftercare & What to Expect
Because your implant is supported on its own, you will be able to floss and brush it as if it is your natural tooth.
Directly after the surgeries, it is important to eat soft foods and be careful around the affected area.
Dr. Albik will schedule a check-up appointment within a to make sure every is still in place, comfortable, and working well.
Unsure If You Should Get A Traditional Dental Bridge Or An Implant? Call El Dorado Family Dental For Your Free Consultation!
“I have had other types of dental work and even got oral surgery for a root canal, so I wasn’t too scared to get a tooth replacement. Even when I felt nervous, the team at El Dorado Family Dental made the environment very comfortable!”
– Kim G. El Dorado Hills, CA
Failure of Implant
Though typically a successful surgery, implant failure is possible. With the right dental professional, this risk is reduced. However, a failing implant is not typically due to the surgery itself, but rather the healing process afterwards.
A failed dental implant can be caused by increased bone loss following the surgery. Before your surgery, your implant dentist will x-ray your teeth and jaw to ensure that there is enough bone to put the implant in. Since the procedure is done over time, this time lapse between surgeries might cause the bone to deteriorate more.
Implant failure can also be caused by infection at the site of the surgery, which poses a risk for gum disease.
If anything, unusual is noticed following the surgery, this is considered a dental emergency and should be looked into immediately.
Cost of Implant Supported Bridge
We understand that a big deciding factor in getting dental implants is the cost. At El Dorado Family Dental, our goal is to supply the best dental care without the financial burden. We aim to provide the most cost-effective oral care for our patients!
Dental Insurance can cover part or all of your implant supported bridge procedure. Our team will assess your individual insurance to identify any out-of-pocket costs. Whether you have some out-of-pocket costs or are covering the cost yourself, we offer affordable financing options with CareCredit.
Start enjoying all of the great benefits of your beautiful smile! Dr. Albik has helped many patients just like you replace missing or damaged teeth with a Implant Supported Dental Bridge. See how we can help you today!