At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, New Jersey, we know that your smile is very important to you. That is why we offer the best dental technology and techniques available to you when placing dental implants or performing any other restorative dentistry procedures.
How Implants Support Bridges
This type of dental bridge is supported by dental implants instead of natural teeth. Sufficient implants are used to ensure the dental bridge will be well-anchored. This depends on the number of teeth missing, the placement of the bridge, and whether you have any neuromuscular dentistry issues that could put adverse stress on the dental bridge. Two implants are used for two or three missing teeth, while a bridge replacing four missing teeth may have two or three implants supporting it.
An implant-supported bridge is used for patients who are missing more than one tooth in sequence. It is also used for areas of the mouth where there is too much pressure placed on individual implants. By connecting the crowns and creating a well-supported bridge, the pressure exerted when chewing, clenching or grinding your teeth is distributed over the entire bridge, instead of placing too much stress on the individual implants.
If the implant-supported bridge is to be placed next to natural teeth, the natural teeth and surrounding gums, as well as the jawbone, must be in good dental health for successful placement and lasting quality. If there is not enough supporting bone in the area, it may be possible to build up the bone through bone grafting or augmentation prior to beginning the implant procedure.
How Implant-Supported Bridges Work
The implants in this type of bridge are made of a titanium base that is surgically placed into your jawbone. The abutment is a cylinder made of titanium, gold or porcelain that screws onto the implant. The restoration is the part that looks like your natural teeth and is a series of dental crowns cast as a single piece.
An implant may be placed in each space where a tooth is missing. But, depending on the amount of bone and your bite, our implant dentist may choose to place an implant on either side of the space and connect them to each other with an implant-supported bridge.
If you are missing teeth and your surrounding teeth and gums are healthy, then this type of bridge may be the answer to restoring your smile. To learn more about implants for supporting bridges, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville today by completing our online form or dialing (800) 672-8518. Our implant dentist welcomes patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and nearby areas in New Jersey.