Dental implants come in different types in order to accommodate varying needs from patients. If you have only one lost tooth, chances are a single-tooth implant with a porcelain crown attached on top is ideal. For those who have lost multiple teeth that lie next to each other, the dentist will likely recommend a dental implant bridge, also known as an implant-supported bridge. So what is it and is it right for you? Read on with Sydney Dental and find out right away.

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1. What is a dental implant bridge?

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A dental implant bridge, also known as an implant-supported bridge, is similar to a conventional bridge. The difference is instead of being bound onto two dental crowns on both ends, an implant-supported bridge is supported by metal posts placed into the jawbone. The number of the dental implant posts is dependent on the size of the bridge. 

A dental implant bridge can be a good option for a patient with two or more consecutive lost teeth.

2. What are the advantages of implant-supported bridges over traditional dentures?

Dental implants are a permanent, durable, and convenient fix for missing teeth as they are held securely in the jaw and look and function just like original teeth. They bring multiple benefits in comparison with conventional dentures, as follows.

Durability

Dental implants are known as the most stable and durable tooth restoration nowadays. Therefore, implant-supported bridges can last for multiple years and potentially a whole life with good maintenance. 

Better oral wellness

Unlike traditional bridges, no alterations and reductions to other teeth are necessary with dental implants. That means your remaining teeth are kept intact, improving your oral health. 

Jawbone loss is prevented

Further loss of the jawbone can be slowed down and prevented with implants as they serve as the new tooth roots whereas conventional dentures have no intervention with your jawbone whatsoever.

Better facial shape

Implant-supported bridges can save your face from becoming misshapen as they keep the jaw structure in shape by putting a stop to the jawbone loss process. Conventional bridges fail to do this.

Clearer speech

Mumbling or slurs from ill-fitting traditional dentures are bygones with the help from a dental implant bridge.

Natural feels and looks

Once osseointegration is completed, the new implant-supported bridge will become a part of your mouth. They feel and look so natural that you will forget they are even there most of the time.

Higher self-esteem

With your beautiful smile back to you, you won’t feel self-conscious in your interactions with others any more and thereby start to feel much more attractive and confident in yourself. 

Chewing ability back

Thanks to a new set of healthy, stable teeth, your chewing ability is fully restored, allowing you to have anything you like.

Easy eating

Slipping or shifting dentures can make it a real trouble to eat. This is no longer with implant bridges that are nicely secured in your mouth.

Great convenience

An implant-supported bridge is there as a natural part of the mouth. You no longer have to deal with the embarrassment and the messy adhesive from taking off and putting on dentures.

dental implant bridge
dental implant bridge

3. What does the procedure for a dental implant bridge entail?

It generally takes the patients multiple months and a few appointments to receive the treatment of dental implant bridge. 

3.1. Initial consultation

At the first appointment, the dental care provider will give you a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. This is usually done through:

  • A thorough oral examination. They will take X-rays and CT scans of your teeth and jaw. Their impressions will also be taken to create a bridge in the lab;
  • Questions about your medical history and list of current medication and supplements. If you have certain conditions that may hinder the healing process, such as bone, blood clotting, or autoimmune disorders, you may be deemed unqualified for the treatment. If this is the case, the dentist may recommend a bone graft or other tooth restoration alternatives.

3.2. Dental implant placement

During the surgery, the oral surgeon will first put you under local or general anesthesia so you will feel no pain and discomfort. Next, they will make a small incision into your gum to reveal the jawbone then make an access hole into it. A dental implant will then be planted into the jawbone then the gum will be closed shut over the implant. 

The number of implants placed depends on the size of the bridge. If the treatment is done to replace all teeth in the jaw, the oral surgeon will likely place 4 or 6 implants on the to support a full-jaw bridge. These techniques are also known as an all on four and an all on six.

3.3. Osseointegration

After the surgery, the patient will go home to have their recovery, taking from 2 to 6 months. This healing time is also referred to as osseointegration – a process when the new implant posts get anchored into the to become a strong base for holding a bridge in place.

3.4. Abutment attachment

Once osseointegration is completed, you can come back to the dentist to have abutments attached on top of the implants. The abutment serves as the connector piece between the implants and top prosthesis, in this case, a bridge.

This is a mini surgical procedure that is carried out with the help of a numbing medication to ensure you a painless experience. After it’s done, you will have another time of healing at home for around 2 weeks.

3.5. Bridge placement

When everything has healed nicely, you will come into the clinic again to have a bridge placed on top of the abutment. Then you can walk out with a new, confident smile that is going to change your life onwards.

dental implant bridge
dental implant bridge

4. How much does a dental implant bridge cost?

Just as any other types of implants, no two dental bridges are the same. The cost of an implant-supported bridge varies greatly, depending on many factors, such as your geographical location, the dental clinic you are getting the treatment from, the expertise and experience of the treating dentist, the brands and quality of the implant, abutment, and bridge you are getting, and whether there are any additional procedures for implants, like a tooth extraction, bone graft, or sinus lift. Your anesthesia option is also added to the total bill – you can choose between local anesthesia or IV sedation, considering your needs and health condition.

5. A note from Sydney Dental

Hopefully this read on getting a dental implant bridge from Sydney Dental is informative and helpful to you in choosing between your tooth restoration options. If you are still unsure of anything in search of a new unforgettably stunning smile, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC, Vietnam looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. Your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!

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