Instead of being supported by your natural teeth, like regular dental bridges, implant-retained bridges are supported by crowns attached to your surrounding teeth and to the implants in your jawbone. The implants are made of titanium, and they are surgically placed into your jaw to support the new teeth. Crowns are then placed on your adjacent teeth to further secure the implant. An implant-retained bridge is a good solution to replace more than one missing tooth, but it can also be used to avoid putting too much pressure on the implant. This procedure uses advanced technology to generate a durable and enhanced smile. At SEDA Dental of Pinecrest, we only use high-quality materials to give you a beautiful and natural-looking smile. Implant-retained bridges are a longer-lasting solution to restore missing teeth and help you get back the look and function of your original smile.
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The best candidates for an implant bridge are those who are missing multiple teeth due to a number of reasons, including trauma, genetics, or lifestyle choices. They are also a good option for patients prone to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Patients must have good gum health before receiving an implant. Otherwise, a bone augmentation or graft must be done before the implant procedure can begin. We will evaluate your overall oral health and determine if implant bridges are right for you.
What to Expect
There are several steps in the process of receiving an implant bridge. The first includes the implant being surgically placed into your jaw. The tissue around the gums will then need several months to heal, also allowing the implant time to integrate. Prior to proceeding, we will confirm the integration of the implant by taking digital x-rays. If all has gone according to plan, then it is on to the next step of your procedure. The custom-made bridge will be connected to your implant, and the crowns will be cemented to your surrounding teeth. We will adjust your bridge as needed for comfort and fit.
Throughout the steps of the procedure, the implant will need proper daily cleaning. We might also recommend special tools that may help you achieve a deeper cleaning between the bridge and the gum. You should continue to attend bi-annual cleanings to adjust the implant as needed and to maintain overall dental health.
The cost of this procedure may vary, depending on the number of missing teeth needing to be replaced. During your consultation, a member of our team will discuss with you the different restorative dentistry options that could best meet your cosmetic goals and budget. Our financial coordinator will consult with your insurance provider, if you carry dental insurance, to determine what may or may not be covered by your plan. SEDA Dental of Pinecrest also offers several payment options to help make your treatment more affordable.
Implant-retained bridges are a promising, durable substitute for replacing missing teeth. Using innovative, modern technology, SEDA Dental of Pinecrest offers implant-retained bridges to restore our patients' smiles. To see if implant bridges are the right option for you, contact our Pinecrest, FL facility to schedule your consultation.