Implant-supported bridges are restorations that use dental implants to support a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces one or lost teeth. The dental bridge is anchored to the jawbone using dental implant posts.
A dental implant bridge has four parts:
There are various implant-supported restorations, including:
Benefits of an implant-supported bridge include:
As with any other tooth replacement, there are a few drawbacks patients should be aware of. Cons of implant-supported bridges can include:
To qualify for implant-supported bridges, you need adequate jawbone density and good overall oral health. Ideal candidates should also be non-smokers, as smoking can increase the risk of implant failure. An implant bridge isn’t recommended for patients who have active periodontal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or other medical conditions that may impact healing.
The costs of an implant-supported bridge can vary between $5,000 to $15,000. Your cost will vary depending on various factors, including:
Implant-supported bridges can last a lifetime, but their lifespan depends on factors such as the quality of the dental implant, the patient’s oral hygiene routine, and overall health. Regular dental checkups and cleanings must be scheduled to help increase the longevity of your implant bridge.
There’s no age limit for implant-supported bridges. However, implant bridges aren’t a treatment option normally recommended for patients whose jaws are still developing. Older patients may have a lower jawbone density, which can affect the success of the implant. In these cases, implant-supported bridges aren’t always the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
In general, an implant bridge can replace anywhere from two to six missing teeth in a row. If a patient has more than six missing teeth in a row, multiple dental implant-supported bridges or other tooth replacement options may be needed to fully restore their smile. The number of dental implants needed to support the bridge will also depend on the number of missing teeth being replaced.
If you’re missing multiple teeth, it’s time to find a dentist with the best replacement treatment option. To learn more about dental implant-supported bridges, contact our Grand Haven dentist. We’ll help you better understand your treatment options to better your oral health and improve your smile’s appearance.