Following the loss of consecutive teeth, a fixed bridge restoration may be necessary. Traditional fixed bridges rely on surrounding teeth for support, but an implant-retained bridge is fully self-supporting. If you’re interested in learning more about traditional or dental implant supported restoration options, contact our Daytona Beach dental office to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our team. We will examine your smile and help you create a personalized plan to keep your smile whole and healthy for life.
A traditional bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic used to restore the smile after the loss of one tooth or several teeth in a row. The replacement tooth or teeth will be attached to two dental crowns, one on each side. Then, the crowns are affixed to surrounding healthy teeth, recreating the smile. An implant retained bride is similarly crafted, but rather than attaching to surrounding healthy teeth, implant bridges are connected to two dental implant posts.
Dental implant supported fixed bridges are placed over the course of several phases of treatment. We begin by providing preparatory treatments to maximize your chances for successful dental implant placement. These preparatory services may include removing one or more damaged teeth, placing a tissue graft, or providing oral health renewing services like gum disease treatment.
Once your smile is prepared, we’ll schedule your surgical dental implant placement procedure. This treatment involves numbing the area around the lost tooth. Then, we make a small incision in the gums and place the dental implant into the jawbone. After placement, we’ll attach a protective cap to the top of the implant post. This cap keeps the soft tissue in the appropriate shape to accommodate the replacement tooth or teeth. Over the course of several months, your implant post will fuse with the bone and gum tissue.
When the implant is anchored in place, you’ll return to our office where we’ll place an abutment post that anchors the fixed bridge to the two dental implants. Once the abutments are in place, we’ll design the fixed bridge. In about a week, we’ll receive a custom crafted dental bridge from our lab. Once your custom bridge arrives in our office, you’ll return, so we can permanently affix the dental bridge restoration.
There are many benefits of restoration with an implant supported bridge, including:
An implant-retained bridge may be recommended for patients who have lost two to five consecutive teeth. In rare cases, we may use a series of fixed bridge restorations to restore your smile following more advanced tooth loss, including replacing a full row of teeth with a series of implant-retained fixed bridges.