What is a dental bridge?
If you are missing a tooth or a few teeth, you may consider a bridge. Dental bridges help fill the space left by missing teeth, and allow patients eat their favorite foods and smile with confidence.
It has numerous false teeth and can be used to restore multiple damaged or missing teeth that are next to each other. There are different kinds of bridges available to patients based on the nature of their tooth loss and their financial situation.
Fixed dental bridge vs Implant supported bridge
If you have multiple missing teeth, your dentist may give you the choice of dental implants or a bridge. A fixed bridge is a bridge that has two dental crowns bookending the false teeth. These dental crowns are used to cap the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. This allows the bridge to remain in place with great stability.
But before the procedure, you should know, that the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth must be recontoured to act as anchors for the bridge. Your dentist will shave down the healthy enamel on these teeth to prepare them to hold crowns.
An implant-supported bridge is a dental bridge that is anchored into place with dental implants. The implants work as artificial tooth roots, allowing for an extremely secure bridge unlikely to shift or fall out of place when a person bites or chews. And there is no need to drill down existing teeth in order to replace the when a person bites or chews. And there is no need to drill down existing teeth in order to replace the missing teeth as occurs with conventional tooth supported bridges.
|Features||Fixed dental bridge||Implant supported bridge|
|Allows patient to bite and chew again|
|Natural appearance means smile aesthetics are improved|
|Unlikely to come loose|
|Prevent bone loss and gum recession|
|Functions just like natural teeth|
Procedure and Cases
Before deciding on the implantation procedure, it is necessary to take a dental photo in order for the doctor to assess the situation and apply an individual treatment plan. The course of the procedure depends on several factors: the type of the implant and the condition of the jaw. Typically, dental implantation is done in stages, so it can take several months to reach the final result.
Every case is different, and some of these steps can be combined when conditions permit. Your dental professional will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Stages of dental implantation
1. In the first stage, the implant (a titanium screw) is introduced into the bone, deeper than the gum tissue. The procedure is not painful for the patient, local anesthesia is used. During the healing process, a support may be placed temporarily on the implant, and a temporary cosmetic crown may be offered to fill the gap.
2. Options for a provisional (temporary) replacement tooth include a crowns placed immediately after the surgical procedure, a removable flipper with a tooth attached, or taking impressions after surgery and placing a provisional crown a few days later. The provisional replacement tooth is primarily for esthetic purposes, rather than function. It is placed so that it does not touch the teeth opposite it to keep the forces of biting off of the dental implant, allowing the bone to remodel around the implant without movement or pressure. Even gentle biting force, causing minor movement, can prevent the bone from fusing to the dental implant. Once the bone has formed a strong bond with the dental implant, providing a stable foundation, the final crown can be attached to the implant.
3. After a little more than a week after implantation, it is necessary to remove the thread, therefore one more visit to the doctor is scheduled. After the thread is removed, average healing process can last from 2 to 4 months. The duration of the healing period is determined by the type of bone, the patient’s condition, and other factors.
4. Once the healing is completed, implantation, the tip of the implant is uncovered surgically and the support (healing head) attached to the implant, which will hold the regular crown made at the tooth laboratory and adapted to your tooth. The healing head is designed to form a gum. This process takes about 3-6 weeks.
5. During the last stage, the regular crown is fixed onto the implant support cement. The tooth is restored without damaging or touching the adjoining teeth.
Due to our patients comfort we can offer our most popular Implant supported bridge package. If you want to see a complete price list visit our Prices page.
We understand that you need your smile right now! Although we try our best to keep prices as reasonable as possible sometimes they can still be challenge for patients budget. That`s why we offer an interest free pay as you go system.
What this means?
We will spread the cost of your treatment over the duration of your treatment for no extra cost. Once you have attended the clinic for your consultation we provide you with a full treatment plan and a suggested payment plan, which can be slightly adjusted if you feel that would make the treatment more accessible to you.
Within what time frame?
The average treatment plan takes between 3-6 months to complete, thus resulting in you having 3-6 months to pay your balance. The final payment must be made before we can fit you final restoration.
You can choose a financing plan. It allows you to spread the cost of your treatment over an agreed period that fits within your budget! More info: Finance options
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