Dental implants have now been made easier. In cases where single tooth implants aren’t advisable, for instance, when multiple teeth are missing or causing trouble, it may be advisable to get implant bridges that work wonders in preserving the jaw bone, maintaining function and ultimately restoring beauty.
The implant bridges utilize the natural foundation or dental implants firmly placed in the jawbone with the porcelain restorations that recreate the profile of the natural tooth. They not only restore the teeth and jawbone but also help in preventing dental complications and recreating the shape of your smile with utmost precision.
Even if your teeth completely go missing, we effectively use implant bridges to fill the gaps. Basically, a dental bridge is a false tooth, namely a pontic, and usually made of porcelain, to blend in with the natural teeth.
Broadly speaking, dental bridges can be of four types - Traditional, Cantilever, Maryland and Implant-supported. Implant bridges, in themselves, can either be removable or fixed. While removable ones can be taken out easily for cleaning, the fixed bridges are more permanent and a hassle-free solution to your dental problems.
What are implant bridges?
Basically, as opposed to frameworks or crowns they use dental implants. For every missing tooth, we place a single implant surgically. They play a key role in holding the bridge in position and are stable, reliable and strong.
Implant bridges commonly call for a two-fold process, involving two surgeries - to place the implant in the jawbone followed by one to place the bridge. While the procedure can be a little time consuming, lasting for several months, the outcome is totally worth it.
What are the advantages of implant bridges?
Some of the major benefits of implant bridges are as follows.
- They are effective in the long run when it comes to maintaining the structure of the surrounding teeth.
- You can barely differentiate between them and healthy natural teeth, they feel and function in the same way.
- Being less expensive than substituting every tooth with an implant, they are also effective and beneficial for bone preservation.
However, coming to the cost, there are a lot of variables. These include the materials used in the process - zirconia, metal alloy, composite resin - the number of teeth needed to close the gap, the intricacies involved in the placement, other dental issues that may call for additional treatment like gum infections or disease and, of course, the location.
When you have missing teeth it can drastically affect you in more than one way. Implant bridges successfully address these issues, while restoring the ability to chew properly, as well as, your pronunciation and speech. Moreover, they maintain the structure of the remaining teeth, distributing the force when you chew by readjusting your bite and maintaining the overall shape of your face.