Restore Your Smile with an Implant-Supported Bridge

Restore Your Smile with an Implant-Supported Bridge

Jul 01, 2022

Missing teeth cause problems like difficulty chewing food, speech difficulties, and even the inability to smile. They can also cause loss of natural tooth support and bone density. You can correct the teeth with dentures or bridges. However, if you are looking for a sturdy tooth replacement option, you can get an implant-supported bridge in Venice, FL. An implant-supported bridge replaces missing teeth by supporting artificial ones.

What Is an Implant-Supported Bridge?

A dental implant is a tiny screw surgically placed into the jawbone. Once it heals, the implant acts as a base or foundation for your new tooth. A tooth bridge is a type of artificial tooth that replaces missing teeth by connecting two crowns (caps) over adjacent teeth.

An implant-supported bridge is similar to traditional ones, but it uses the metal screws that connect each side of your mouth to hold your new replacement teeth in place. The implants act as anchors for the artificial teeth, allowing for better movement and stability than traditional dentures alone.

Who Is A Candidate for Implant-Supported Bridges?

Our dentist in Venice will recommend an implant-supported bridge if you have:

  • Good dental hygiene.
  • Healthy gums.
  • Sufficient bone in their jaw to support the new tooth. If you have lost a lot of bone, Dr. C. Romesh Weerasooriya may recommend a bone graft to stimulate new bone growth.
  • You do not currently have active infections in your mouth or elsewhere (such as gum disease).
  • Be 18 years and above and will be able to commit time and energy to take care of their new tooth replacement long-term.

Implant-Supported Bridges versus Traditional Bridges

Traditional bridges are supported by teeth using crowns on either side of the gap.

In contrast, implant-supported bridges are supported by implants placed on either side of your jawbone. This gives you a longer-lasting and more natural-looking smile while protecting your oral health.

Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge.

With an implant-supported bridge, you can enjoy a more natural appearance and better oral health. Implants can improve speech and self-confidence by preventing tongue movement forward into the gap left by missing teeth.

Finally, the posts are made of titanium materials that last a long time and are biocompatible. Implant-supported bridges are generally more comfortable than traditional dentures or partial dentures.

Budgeting for an Implant Bridge

The cost of an implant-supported bridge is dependent on the material and the number of implants used. A dentist near you will be able to give you a more accurate idea of what your procedure will cost after examining your mouth and taking x-rays.

Unfortunately, if you have insurance that covers dental procedures, this procedure is not typically covered. However, many payment options are available to help make it more affordable for you.

What to Expect During the Implant-Supported Bridge Procedure?

Dental implants are placed in your jawbone. To do this, our dentist in 34285 will make small incisions made in your gums, and dental implants will be installed. The gum is stitched back up to protect the implant sites while they heal. Once healed, some time passes before the rest of your mouth has been cleaned thoroughly, and dental implants are left to heal for a few months before the placement of an artificial tooth or teeth can be done.

Aftercare for an Implant-Supported Bridge.

  • Rinse after eating. Food particles can get stuck, increasing your risk of gum infection or decay. You will need to brush after every meal and rinse with water or mouthwash to remove these particles before they become trapped between your implant-supported bridge and gums, which could lead to infection over time (and possibly an expensive trip back into our office).
  • Brush with a soft bristle brush for plaque removal without damaging gums or enamel surfaces, and floss at least once per day too to remove food particles caught between teeth where brushing can’t reach them effectively enough for complete cleanliness.
  • Regular dental visits. Visit a dental office in Venice regularly for assessment and cleaning.

Restore Form and Function

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, an implant-supported bridge is often the best way to restore a stable and natural smile.

In many cases, an implant-supported bridge can help you return to a more natural smile and an easier lifestyle.

Schedule an Appointment

Visit Tarpon Shore Dental in Venice for more information about implant-supported bridges.