Exploring The Advantages Of An Implant Bridge

Implant Bridge

Implant bridges have emerged as a viable option for replacing missing teeth and have changed the dynamics of teeth replacement (for the better) forever!

Earlier, traditional bridges used to occupy the status of the most popular dental restorative treatment. But they have started losing their popularity now, and the major reason for this is people’s increasing consciousness about teeth preservation – traditional bridges require your healthy teeth to be shaved down, and people (rightfully) don’t want that.

Implant-supported bridges, on the other hand, give you the joy of having new teeth without compromising the integrity of your natural teeth. However, that’s not the only advantage of this amazing treatment, there are so many more advantages for you to explore!

This blog will discuss all the advantages of an implant bridge, and more, so you may understand why an implant bridge is the perfect teeth replacement option for you!

First Of All, What’s An Implant Bridge?

Let’s start from the basics and understand what an implant bridge is in the first place.

An implant bridge is a method of replacing a few missing teeth (usually 3-4 teeth but can replace up to 6 teeth) involving the use of two main components: Dental Implants and A Prosthesis or Bridge. Let’s define both of these components in brief:

  • Dental Implants: These are posts made up of metal (titanium/zirconia, etc) that are drilled into a patient’s jawbone at the site of tooth loss. These metal posts serve to replace the missing tooth roots and provide a strong foundation for the retention of the prosthesis (that’ll be fixed upon the implants) to restore a patient’s smile. 
  • A Prosthesis: It’s basically a Dental Bridge, containing two crowns (one at each end), and a number of pontics (artificial teeth) in the middle, supported by the crowns at the end. The crowns are fixed to the implants in the jaw and the entire bridge seamlessly aligns with your jawbone, filling the empty space left by missing teeth with a set of perfectly fitted, new teeth.

What’s The Process Of An Implant Bridge Treatment?

The process of an implant bridge involves a surgical procedure for the placement of implants in the jawbone, but it’s a minimally invasive surgery and doesn’t risk the patient’s oral or general health in any way (provided the patient is generally healthy and fit). 

Before the surgery, you first need to get a consultation from a qualified surgeon to make sure that you’re eligible for this procedure. For this, the surgeon will put you through a detailed dental exam involving various diagnostic procedures such as CT scans and X-rays. Once your eligibility for the procedure is confirmed, your surgeon will carefully plan out the implant surgery, identifying the sites and the angulation for precise implant placement in your jawbone. Based on these plans, implants will be placed in your jawbone following a surgical procedure under anesthesia. The implants would then be allowed to heal for a period of 6-8 weeks, after which the bridge will be attached to them, restoring your smile to the fullest!

The Advantages Of An Implant Bridge 

The advantages of an implant bridge extend far beyond its ability to restore your teeth in a safe and effective manner. Getting to know these advantages would help you uncover why an implant bridge is superior to a traditional bridge in all aspects, helping you make a wise choice between the two teeth replacement options. So, let’s discuss these benefits in more detail:

Preservation Of Natural Teeth

We already touched on this one in the introduction, but it’s worthwhile to mention it again here since it’s one of the major benefits of an implant bridge over a traditional bridge. Implant bridges, unlike traditional ones, don’t require the alteration of your existing natural teeth for their placement. Rather, they take their entire support from the implants embedded in your jawbone, thereby keeping your natural teeth intact. In short, you get your teeth replaced without having to compromise your existing teeth.

Natural Looking Restoration Of Your Smile

You don’t want people to spot that you’ve had tooth loss, and for that, you want a replacement for your missing teeth that looks as natural as your own teeth. Implant bridges provide exactly such a replacement – they’re made from materials that look aesthetic and cosmetically match your original teeth at the same time. Getting a bridge that closely resembles your own teeth in terms of shade and overall appearance will significantly improve your self-confidence, allowing you to smile, eat, and talk as if you never had tooth loss.

Prevention Of Further Tooth Loss

One of the grave consequences of losing teeth (among several others) is the loss of the underlying jawbone, which leads to gum disease and other dental issues. If lost teeth are left untreated, their underlying jawbone keeps deteriorating, which invites further tooth loss. Getting an implant bridge provides you with a healthy replacement for lost teeth, which in turn, halts the loss of the underlying jawbone, thereby preventing you from experiencing further tooth loss and saving your periodontal health from declining. 

Long-lasting Teeth Replacement 

One of the main advantages dental bridges have vs. implants is their longevity, and there’s a logical reason for this. Implant bridges are attached to your jaw by means of implants embedded in the jawbone, providing a fixed and stable support to the bridge, thus offering a permanent teeth solution. Tradional bridges, on the other hand, take their support from the surrounding natural teeth, which themselves are susceptible to damage and decay and hence do not serve as a reliable support to the bridge. 

A Cost-effective Solution To Missing Teeth

While implant bridges are definitely more expensive than traditional ones (because the former entails a surgical procedure while the latter doesn’t, to mention one reason), it’s nonetheless more cost-effective than traditional bridges. An implant bridge cost is totally justified when we compare it to the benefits it offers, some of which we have already discussed above. Getting an implant bridge is definitely a worthwhile investment in your smile, and once you get it, you’ll realize that you’ve actually saved up money in the long run by opting for it.

Conclusion 

Implant bridges are a relatively recent approach to replacing missing teeth that don’t require any alteration to your natural teeth (something that a traditional bridge requires). Besides this, it offers a plethora of advantages to patients, which include providing a natural-looking restoration of your smile, preventing you from further tooth loss, giving you a long-lasting teeth replacement solution, and being cost-effective.

Still indecisive about whether you should get a traditional bridge or an implant bridge, or need more insights into the amazing advantages of implant bridges? Schedule a FREE consultation with Sunset Dental Centre, located in Ottawa, Canada, and get all of your confusion cleared by our expert implant surgeons.

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