An implant supported bridge is similar to a traditional dental bridge, but instead of being
supported by your neighboring teeth, the bridge is instead supported by dental implants.
Dentists utilize bridges for restorative work when one or more teeth are missing in a row.
Generally, bridges are used in place of actually having to replace the missing tooth. For implant
supported bridges, the use of this restorative procedure prevents the need for more implants
than are necessary and instead relies on surrounding implants to support the bridge.
Here’s what you need to know when considering an implant supported bridge for missing teeth.
More Flexibility When Placing Dental Implants
Implant supported bridges give your dentist more flexibility when placing your dental implants.
For example, if you have an area in your mouth that’s missing more jaw bone, your dentist can
opt to place the implant in an area that has sufficient bone to properly support the bridge.
Implant supported bridges also evenly distribute pressure. For example, if you grind your teeth,
your dentist might not want to replace each tooth with a dental implant and instead opt for an
implant supported bridge, which will distribute your biting and chewing pressure across the
bridge rather than just on individual teeth.
Your dentist may want to skip a space in your mouth for a variety of reasons, so an implant
supported bridge gives your dentist this flexibility when restoring your smile.
What You Can Expect During the Procedure
An implant supported bridge will be a multi-step process. First, your dental implants must be
placed and allowed to heal. During this time, the actual implant part of your dental implant will
fuse to the bone in your jaw to make a sturdy replacement for your natural teeth. You may
receive a temporary bridge during this time while your permanent bridge is made.
Then, the restoration process is completed. Your dentist will have crowns made that match
your natural teeth and place the crowns on the end of your dental implant while an additional
crown will be made to fill in the space in the middle. Once the procedure is complete, the
bridge will look like part of your natural smile!
Benefits of an Implant Supported Bridge
An implant supported bridge offers benefits over having other, less secure restorative work
such as a partial denture. Implants last for life, so they’ll feel more permanent and comfortable
than a removable denture. In addition, an implant supported bridge will look just like your
natural teeth and allow you to chew and speak well. An implant supported bridge may also be a
more cost-effective option, as it won’t require every tooth to be replaced with a dental implant.
If you’re considering getting dental implants, you may be able to qualify for an implant
supported bridge. Your dentist can help you determine how this restorative option would help
restore your smile and if you’re a candidate for the procedure. You can securely replace missing
teeth with an implant supported bridge!