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FAQs – Implant Supported Bridge
If you have missing teeth, then one of the options open to you is an implant supported bridge. This bridge is supported by implants in your jawbone. This can be a better option than ones supported by your teeth. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about implant-supported bridges.
Who needs an implant supported bridge?
This kind of bridge can help the patient to restore the functionality and the appearance of the smile. This might be recommended for those that have bite issues from the missing teeth. This can cause the other teeth to move out of position. If a patient does not have enough bone for full implants, an implant supported bridge might still work. That can help to spread the pressure out evenly.
What can a patient expect during the procedure?
The first step involves placing the implants in the bone. The implants are made of titanium and fuse to the bone. That takes four to six months. Once the mouth is healed, the bridge can be placed.
If any bone grafting is needed, the process might become longer. The dentist will review the patient’s medical and dental history during the consultation. X-rays will also be taken. Plus, an oral exam will be done. That helps the dentist determine the right procedure for the patient.
What is recovery like?
A few visits are needed to get the implants placed. The procedure might cause bleeding, swelling, or discomfort. But many patients find that the recovery is tolerable. It can take around four to six months to heal. The patient will receive instructions on caring for the area.
What are the advantages of an implant supported bridge?
This kind of bridge is often not as invasive as having other kinds of options. It does not require the patient’s teeth to be altered. The patient can speak and chew normally. Plus, the smile’s appearance will be improved. This can also benefit the patient’s overall oral health.
The implants can replace the roots of the natural teeth. This means that the implant supported bridge can stimulate the bone to prevent it from being lost. The patient will not worry about any dental crowns getting worn. Many people like the way that an implant supported bridge feels and looks.
Who is a candidate for an implant supported bridge?
If a patient has adjacent missing teeth and enough jawbone to support the implants, they may be a candidate. The patient should have any decay or gum disease treated first. The patient should avoid smoking. Candidates should also plan on having good oral hygiene to stay in good health.
Choose an implant supported bridge today
You might have some questions about getting an implant supported bridge. If that is the case, then it is a good idea to get a consultation with your dentist. They can help you decide if you are a good candidate for an implant supported bridge. The first step for a healthy mouth is making an appointment with our dental office today.
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