Implant Supported Bridges
What is a Dental Implant Supported Bridge?
An implant supported bridge is as the name states, a bridge that is supported by implants unlike regular dental bridges that may be supported by natural teeth. The implants are fitted to restore missing or failing teeth, which an Implant Supported Bridge is then attached to. When more than one tooth is missing, an Implant Supported Bridge is a suitable option. Implant Supported Bridges are more secure than regular bridges, and can improve your general oral hygiene.
How long does Implant Supported Bridge treatment take and what does it involve?
The duration of time varies from patient to patient. If the traditional implant method is employed, the treatment will take a minimum of 5 to 7 months, depending on if the implantation is to be carried out on the upper or lower jaws or both. If tooth extraction is required, the patient may be able to have the tooth/teeth extracted and the implants fitted in the same appointment (Immediately loaded implants) as for SAME DAY DENTAL IMPLANTS, then the dentist can fit an implant and a bridge in a single visit, otherwise a 6 week to 4-month period is required for the socket to heal before the implants are fitted. If bone augmentation is required, the treatment can last for a year or more.
The first stage involves the clinical assessment, where a 3D CBCT (Cone Beam CT scan) is performed to establish bone quality and quantity, and general gum health is ascertained.
There are various types of implant-supported bridges, that can be affixed to the implant by cement or with screws, either directly to the implant or to an abutment. We will advise you as to what is the most suitable option for you.