Benefits of Fixed Implant Bridges:
- Stability: Because dental implants are rooted in the jaw, they are a sturdy foundation for any dental appliance placed on top.
- Permanence: A normal bridge may last 10–15 years, but a dental implant can last 20+ years—possibly the rest of your life!
- Natural Look and Feel: Our bridges are custom designed to fit right in with your natural teeth in appearance and feel.
- Prevention: Missing teeth can cause gum disease or shifting teeth, but fixed implant bridges can prevent both conditions.
How Does a Fixed Implant Bridge Work?The dental implant procedure for receiving an implant bridge can be boiled down into a three-step process:
- An implant is placed in a section of gums that makes sense for where the bridge will need to go.
- An abutment goes on top of the implant as a connector piece to hold the dental bridge firmly in place.
- The dental bridge is attached to the abutment. You’ll be given instructions on how to care for the area during recovery.
Dental Bridges Vs. Dental ImplantsDental bridges are a cost-effective solution to missing teeth, but because they don’t stimulate the jawbone, dental bridges don’t protect you against bone deterioration as dental implants do. Dental implants are an investment in your oral health. They can last for decades while dental bridges only last about 15 years. The happy medium is an implant-supported bridge. You can get multiple teeth replaced with a bridge supported on one or two implants that stimulate your jaw to prevent gum disease and bone deterioration. Dental implant-supported bridges are meant to function like normal, healthy teeth.
Types of Fixed Implant Bridges:
Traditional Fixed BridgeIf you’re looking for an inexpensive solution to missing teeth, traditional dental bridges are a wonderful choice! These bridges are attached to permanent teeth using crowns. The false teeth are attached to these crowns in a string or bridge.
Resin-Bonded Fixed BridgeNeed a quick solution to a single missing tooth? Resin-bonded bridges are single-tooth replacements that attach to adjacent teeth with a little wing. This wing is bonded to your permanent teeth using resin.
Dental Implant-Supported BridgeImplant-supported bridges are a more permanent option that either listed above. They also do a better job of preventing gum disease and bone degeneration. The bridge is attached to a titanium rod implanted in the jaw.
Caring For Your Fixed Dental Implant BridgeAfter receiving your dental implant bridge our dental implant dentist will give you additional instructions to keep your smile looking its best and to ensure long-term results. Although your implants won’t get cavities, proper oral hygiene is still essential to maintaining the healthy functionality of an implant bridge. You must brush and floss daily to prevent the buildup of plaque that can ultimately cause gum disease or implant failure. To ensure that your dental implants remain healthy and fully functional:
- Use non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Keep your regular dental checkups and cleaning every 6 months.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash daily to keep harmful bacteria at bay.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles so that you can clean your teeth better.
- Use a flosser that can thread under the bridge and get around the implant.