Replace Multiple Teeth With A Dental Implant Bridge
Hiding your smile because of the discomfort caused by missing teeth? Well, you don’t need to do this anymore. Today, you can replace multiple teeth with a dental implant bridge and get back your flawless smile back.
Tooth loss is quite common and can occur due to various reasons, such as, tooth decay, accidental breakage, too much wear and tear and gum disease. Losing your permanent teeth not only affects your general appearance, but it can also affect your general health. For example, the gaps may cause the adjacent teeth to tilt towards the gap and result in misalignment of the surrounding teeth. Missing teeth can also lead to difficulty when speaking and eating. Dental implant bridges are one of the best solutions for bridging the gap created by several missing teeth.
Dental Implant bridges
An implant-supported bridge is similar to the regular dental bridge, but instead of the natural teeth, the bridge is supported an implant. A dental implant is basically an artificial root that is made of light but tough metal, like titanium. The metal is implanted into the jawbone in place of root of the missing tooth. After this, an extension or abutment is fixed to the dental implant. Finally, a false tooth is fixed to the implant. The implant serves as an anchor for holding the replacement tooth. For more than one missing tooth, several implants are fixed, thus providing support for the whole arch of the teeth.
Who Can Benefit?
Dental implant bridges are ideal if the patient is healthy. He/she also needs to have healthy gums and enough strong bone in the jaw. This is because the bone will be holding the implant and therefore needs to be strong. If the development of the jawbone is not normal or, if it has shrunk, the implant will be built using a bone graft. Bone grafting is a method of adding a new bone to the jawbone. Basically, this type of bridge can only be applied in the following conditions:
- If there is loss of one or more teeth.
- If the patient has a healthy and strong jawbone to secure the implants.
- If the patient doesn’t have any health conditions that may impair the bone and gum healing.
- If the oral tissues of the patient are healthy.
How It Works
First, the dentist must perform several x-rays and tests on the teeth and gum to determine if the bridge is the right option for you. The gum area, where there are missing teeth, is cut and pushed aside. A hole is drilled into the jawbone. After this, the dental implant is fitted snugly into the hole and the gum is placed back over the implant with the help of stitches. If there isn’t enough bone, the dentist will perform a bone graft or use smaller implants.
After the implant is fixed, it’s given time to integrate with the bone in the area and heal. This can take 6 weeks to 6 months. During the healing process, the dentist may recommend temporary bridges so you can continue using your dentures.
After the operated area is healed, the gum on the dental implant is cut and lifted again. The dentists will then fix a post to the implant, together with a temporary crown. It takes 4-6 weeks for the surrounding gum tissue to mature. Once it’s done, the permanent replacement tooth is fixed to the dental implant. This procedure can be used to replace a few teeth or a complete set of teeth.
1. Improved aesthetics
The artificial teeth will not stand out as different looking after the procedure. The false teeth will look like the adjacent natural teeth.
2. Healthy teeth are not affected.
Unlike other dental procedures, where the surrounding teeth face alterations or get disturbed, a dental implant bridge is completely independent and the natural teeth are not affected.
3. Restores shape of the face
Teeth support the jaw bone and the cheeks of an individual and maintains the shape of the face. Missing teeth changes all that and may even make a person look older. A bridge serves as a false support to the jawbone and cheeks.
4. Improves Speaking
Helps a person eat and speak properly. Patients with bad bit get treated as well.
5. Dental implant bridges are very durable
The implants are strongly supported by their connection to the jawbone and are made of very strong materials like titanium and Zirconia. They can last more than 15 years without major maintenance issues.