Dental implants really are the second best thing after our natural teeth. They provide good looks and comfort for eating and speaking, and are highly durable, as well, making them really worth their initial price. They consist of three main parts: the implant itself substitutes the root that connects the tooth to the jawbone; the implant crown is the tooth-shaped object that replaces the visible part of the tooth, while the abutment connects these two together, and assures their stability.
Dental implants are securely attached to the jawbone, thus, they do not shift or move within the mouth, and no adhesives are needed to keep them in place. When placing the implant, natural teeth are left intact, and interdental areas remain accessible for cleaning. Therefore, implants also guarantee better oral hygiene, assuring an improved overall oral health for a longer time.
Implants and Bridges – Great Results for Smaller Price
But what can be done if there are several missing or extracted teeth, and implantation would require endless time and money? For cases like that implant supported bridges are the most widely used method to guarantee great results for a reasonable price. Implant supported bridges cost much less than having several individual implants placed, while assuring similar results. It is due to the fact, that during the process only supportive teeth are replaced with implants, and the remaining arch of teeth is substituted by a bridge.
The most commonly used version of an implant supported bridge is called “All on 4”. In this case, 4 implants hold a full arch of teeth. If the dentist believes that the patient’s bone structure is not firm enough, more implants, usually 6 can be implanted. To increase the toughness of the implants, the dentist might use bone grafting materials to make the jawbone tougher, so that it can bear the weight of the bridge.
Implants Supported Bridge – How Is It Prepared?
At the beginning of the procedure, the implants are placed first, possibly preceded by bone grafting. After the dental implants have healed, the dentist takes an impression of the patient’s mouth, based on which the dental technician can start fabricating the tailor-made bridge. Then, the bridge is placed, and, if the size and color is correct, the patient can begin to enjoy their brand new set of teeth. Usually, there are no problems after the implants and the bridge are placed, and quality of life is just like before with natural teeth.
All in all, implant supported bridges offer an inexpensive, yet, great solution for the problem of several teeth missing. If you consider trying this method, call our dental surgery for an appointment to one of our professional dentists.