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Fix Your Missing Teeth With An Implant Retained Bridge

Adults missing one or more teeth are faced with a number of different tooth replacement options. Innovations in modern dentistry have provided patients with effective long-term solutions for permanently replacing lost teeth. Missing teeth can affect the way that we eat, speak, and carry ourselves. While the all on 4 procedure is helping to eliminate the use of traditional dentures, dental implants can also be used when replacing a small number of teeth as well. An implant retained bridge is a procedure that is often used when a patient is missing more than one tooth. While it may seem similar to a traditional bridge, it offers many advantages. An implant retained bridge helps to provide additional strength and stability to the jawbone, while also remaining very resistant to decay and gum problems. 



Traditional Bridge


A bridge, also called a fixed bridge or fixed dental prosthesis, is a dental restoration technique that replaces one or more missing teeth. Typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between two crowns, a traditional bridge is held firmly in place by your own existing teeth. A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits over a natural tooth or dental implant. Traditional bridges are expected to last about ten years with proper maintenance and care. It is permanent and cannot be removed.



Implant Retained Bridge


Implant retained bridges are often used in cases when the patient is missing several (or all) of their teeth or does not have healthy enough teeth to support a traditional bridge. A dentist may also be concerned that a patient will put too much pressure on individual implants that are not connected to each other, which can be caused by clenching or grinding your teeth.


An implant-supported bridge can be made similar to a traditional bridge, with a crown fused between two implant-supported crowns. A dental implant is a small screw-shaped post that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth. Made of titanium, dental implants fuse to the jawbone, helping to support the long-term health of the jaw. Once the implants are placed into the jaw, replacement teeth can then be attached to them. These teeth will look and feel like natural teeth, restoring the comfort, bite quality, and aesthetics that you have come to expect from normal teeth.

If implants are to be placed next to natural teeth, the surrounding teeth and gums must be in good health. The patient must also have enough bone remaining in their jaw to place and support the dental implants, however, bone augmentation or grafting may sometimes be needed to help build up the bone before the actual implant procedure begins.

Traditional tooth replacement options can sacrifice comfort and functionality in order to help people maintain a full smile. While traditional bridges have to be replaced about every ten years, dental implants have a high success rate and can last a lifetime with proper maintenance and care. An implant retained bridge can help restore the bite quality and confidence that you have in your teeth.