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What Is an Implant-Supported Bridge and Do I Need One?

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
What Is an Implant-Supported Bridge and Do I Need One?One of the great things about getting implants is that you can add restorations, such as crowns and fixed bridges, in places where it could not be done before. If you have successive missing teeth, you may find that an implant-supported bridge is just what you need.

The Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge

Fixed bridges or bridges supported by implants are different from traditional bridges, as they cannot be moved but are anchored by implants. While traditional bridges look natural, implant-supported bridges also look natural but will stay in place and not shift in the mouth, as can happen with a traditional bridge over time.

Also, a traditional bridge may cost less, but it can weaken the abutments or crowns holding the bridge in place. A fixed bridge, or implant-supported bridge, has more “staying power.” The implant-supported bridge also is designed to prevent bone resorption and loss, something that can happen if a tooth root is missing. Whether a root is artificial or real, it stimulates the growth of bone and prevents bone loss.

Are You the Right Candidate for an Implant-Supported Bridge?

You are a good candidate for an implant-supported bridge if you want to find a way to fill in several missing teeth and prevent further bone loss. You will also like a fixed bridge, as the implants increase the stability of the restoration. Therefore, you will not have any worries about biting and chewing. A fixed, implant-supported bridge can prevent bone loss and gum recession, provide added strength and stability, and prevent slippage. Although the cost is higher, the likelihood of future dental expenses is low.

Would you like to know more about an implant-supported bridge? Give us a call now to arrange an appointment for a consultation. Getting implants and having a bridge placed will improve your smile aesthetically and functionally.

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