Implant Supported Bridge Broadbeach & Chirn Park
An implant bridge can effectively restore your smile by replacing one or multiple missing teeth…
A dental bridge is an appliance crafted from three or more dental crowns that have been fused together. The conventional bridge appliance is placed over the two teeth sitting adjacent to the tooth loss, effectively ‘bridging’ the gap left by a missing tooth. By surgically placing dental implants into the main sites of tooth loss, Dr Firgaira is able to use these implants as foundations for your implant bridge.
The placement of a fixed bridge for partial tooth loss will require the placement of one or more dental implants to support the partial denture (bridge). These implants will give the bridge a staple structure that will withstand the pressure and friction caused when we are eating or communicating verbally. This stimulation will also benefit the jawbone and gum line that will have ossteointegrated around the dental implant.
Once the implants have fused with the jawbone, Dr Firgaira will use his extensive expertise to precisely attach the bridgework to the implants, creating a strong, stable and powerful solution to tooth loss.
What are the benefits of implant bridges?
A significant benefit the implant bridge has over the traditional bridge is that:
- The surrounding teeth require no preparation to accommodate the implant bridge
- They enable multiple teeth to be replaced from a minimal number of implants and therefore reduce costs
- They reduce the pressure on the individual implants in the bone and instead spreads this across the bridge
How do implant supported bridges work?
Implant supported bridges are generally recommended when there are multiple missing teeth. Dr Firgaira will be able to replace up to 4 teeth from just 2 implants, or even a whole arch from as little as 4 implants! Of course each case needs to be individually assessed as sometimes additional implants are required. The implant bridge is made up of three main components, which include:
- The implant itself – this is generally made from titanium and is surgically inserted
- The abutment which is attached to the implant to provide a stable foundation for the prosthetic bridge appliance to attach to
- The restoration which is the bridge itself, and is attached to the abutments to complete the procedure
How long does implant bridge treatment take?
Generally healing from dental implant treatment can take anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on the complexity of your case. If a bone graft is required (for those who do not have enough jawbone to hold the implant in place), treatment duration will take longer as the jaw will first need to heal prior to an implant being placed.