Implant-supported Bridges Provide Superior Stability

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When you are missing several teeth, it can seriously impact the health of your smile, as well as your appearance and self-confidence. Dental bridges, also called partial dentures, fill the space left in your smile by one or more missing teeth. At Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates, we provide traditional and implant-supported bridges. Our Wilmington practice can help candidates experience all the benefits of implant-retained restorations, which provide superior stability while helping to maintain the health of your jaw. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

About Implant-supported Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are held in place by adjacent dental crowns. Both your bridge and the adjacent crowns feature specialized fixtures that allow your bridge to snap into place.

Dental implant-supported bridges, on the other hand, connect to dental implants instead of crowns, and require no alteration of adjacent teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed within your jaw bone, where they function like natural tooth roots. This solution provides patients with a wealth of benefits.

Benefits of Implant-supported Bridges

There are a number of reasons to consider an implant-supported bridge. Like traditional bridges, implant-supported bridges restore the look of your smile. They can be made from a range of advanced and highly durable materials including porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), IPS e.max® porcelain, and zirconia. These materials can be matched to the size, shape, and color of your adjacent natural teeth.

Dental implants give your dental bridge added security and stability, and can actually help to maintain your jaw bone health. After tooth loss, your jaw bone begins to weaken as bone cells are resorbed by the body. Dental implants stimulate your jaw much like your natural teeth roots, and can actually prevent jaw bone atrophy. 

In short, implant-supported bridges require no alteration of surrounding healthy teeth, provide excellent stability, and prevent the bone atrophy that occurs in the absence of tooth roots. Though this solution can potentially require multiple surgeries and several months of healing time, it can provide you with benefits that can last the rest of your life. Contact us today to learn more about whether an implant-supported bridge is right for you.

Implant-supported Bridge Candidates

Candidates for implant-supported bridges are missing one or more teeth in a row. They should also:

  • Have adequate jawbone mass to support dental implants. For patients with insufficient jaw bone mass, we can also provide bone grafting to supplement the jaw.
  • Have healthy teeth and gums. Any periodontal or dental health issues you are experiencing must be addressed before moving forward with dental implant placement surgery. 
  • Prepare to take good care of their dental bridge. With proper care, implant-supported bridges can last many years.

Schedule Your Consultation

Don't suffer any longer with a compromised smile. To learn more about implant-supported bridges, contact Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates today. We will schedule your appointment to discuss your options.

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