Implant-Supported Bridges Offer Stable, Durable Tooth Replacement
An implant-supported bridge can replace two or more missing teeth in a row with superior stability, durability, and oral health benefits that cannot be matched by a traditional bridge. A Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), Dr. Craig Goldin stays up-to-date with the latest developments in dental implants. Dr. Goldin, Dr. Marcy Goldin, and Dr. David Whalen at Cosmetic Dentistry Institute can provide you with a dental implant bridge at their Troy, MI, practice that provides decades of support.
Weighing Your Treatment Options
Most healthy patients with two or more consecutive missing teeth are eligible for a bridge secured by dental implants. Patients who have experienced bone loss may need to undergo a bone graft to fortify the jaw and improve their candidacy for implants. Additionally, some patients may first need to have damaged teeth extracted. If you are not healthy enough to undergo surgery, a traditional bridge may be recommended.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Bridges
Implant-supported restorations provide patients with a number of unique advantages over traditional bridges, including:
- Conservative: Your doctor will not need to alter adjacent teeth to support the bridge
- More Natural-Looking: This type of bridge rests directly on the gums, providing an incredibly lifelike appearance
- Improved Bone Health: Implants act like tooth roots, halting the jawbone deterioration that occurs after tooth loss
- Preserve a Youthful Appearance: Implants prevent collapsed cheeks and lips, and other alterations to the facial structure connected to tooth loss
With proper care, implants can provide decades and even a lifetime of support for your bridge. Additionally, these restorations require only a straightforward at-home hygiene routine just like caring for natural teeth.
The Treatment Process
On the day of your implant placement, you will be made comfortable with a local anesthetic and also have the option to receive sedation. Dr. Goldin is certified in IV (intravenous) sedation to ensure optimal patient safety.
An implant-supported bridge can replace missing teeth with superior stability, durability, and oral health benefits that cannot be matched by a traditional bridge.
After the area is numb and you are made comfortable, Dr. Goldin will place two or more implants in the jaw. A temporary bridge may be attached to the implants and remain in place until your next appointment.
Osseointegration & Healing Period
In the four to six months after your surgery, the posts will fuse with the adjacent bone in a process called osseointegration. By merging with the jawbone, the implants serve the function of tooth roots and provides unique benefits that no other form of tooth replacement can.
Permanent Bridge Placement
After osseointegration is complete, patients come back to our office for the placement of abutments. These devices are the attachment mechanisms between the implant posts and the permanent bridge. About two weeks later, you will have the permanent bridge attached to the dental implants. Dr. Goldin will check that the bridge fits naturally and comfortably and provide any special instructions for its care.
Restore and Protect Your Smile
Our doctors can use their expertise in restorative dentistry to completely rejuvenate your oral health and smile. Schedule your consultation by contacting the practice online or calling us at (248) 519-1919.