Replacing 3-4 consecutive missing teeth with just 1-2 implants may sound too good to be true, but an implant-supported bridge makes it possible. This is an excellent way to restore your confidence and appearance as well as your ability to chew comfortably. And, as a dentist in Sagamore Hills with advanced training and decades of experience, Dr. Greenwood can handle the procedure from start to finish right here in our office. If you’re interested in knowing how an implant-supported bridge can benefit you, contact us today to schedule a consultation!
A traditional dental bridge fills in the gaps created by missing teeth and is supported by the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap.
An implant-supported bridge works much the same way but uses dental implants for support instead. Implants replace the roots of missing teeth, which gives them unmatched strength and stability compared to other replacement options and makes them a perfect choice for a bridge.
Two implants can be used, one on each end, or just one implant can be used when an existing natural tooth is present to serve as the anchor on one side. In both situations, the bridge will include an artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle, between the two anchors.
The first step is a consultation with Dr. Greenwood. After he determines that you’re a good candidate for the procedure, you’ll return for the implant surgery. This in-office visit typically takes 1-2 hours per implant and is much easier than many people expect.
Then the implants will need some time to integrate, or fuse, with the surrounding jawbone, which usually takes 3-6 months. Lastly, you’ll return to have the bridge itself attached to the implants to complete the restoration.
Our patients have enjoyed all of the following benefits after getting an implant-supported bridge:
Most people who are missing three or more teeth in a row can benefit from this type of restoration. In general, implants are most successful for people with good oral and general health as well as great oral hygiene habits.
With a few basic guidelines (regular checkups, good oral hygiene habits, etc.), dental implants in Sagamore Hills can last many decades or a lifetime. And the bridge itself that’s attached to the implants can last 15 years or longer before needing a replacement.
If you’d like to know more about how you can use implants to replace multiple missing teeth at once, give our office a call today!