Implant supported bridges are a blend between single tooth implants and bridges. Implants are individual teeth surgically placed within the jaw. A bridge is comprised of crowns that are fused together and anchored in place – usually by surrounding abutment teeth. An implant specialist may recommend an implant supported bridge in lieu of individual implant crowns if there are multiple teeth missing in succession and there is concern that tooth grinding or clenching could put too much pressure on individual teeth. When an implant supported bridge is used, individual implants are still used to replace each individual tooth; but the crowns are fused together for equitable distribution of bite pressure.
While most implant supported bridges are anchored in place by dedicated implants, some are instead anchored by individual implant supported crowns that serve as abutment teeth. In other words, individual teeth are replaced with implants and crowned, and those new prosthetic teeth are used as abutments for a traditional bridge. This type of implant supported bridge is often used when there is only a fractional areas of the gum line.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for an implant supported bridge?
You may be a candidate for an implant supported bridge if you have more than one tooth missing or if you are prone to clenching or grinding that could loosen individual implants. You’ll need a consultation with your oral provider to determine whether you have sufficient jawbone density beneath your gums to support implants. If supported bridge facilitated via bone grafting.
What should I expect if I decide to get an implant supported bridge?
If you decide to get an implant supported bridge, a titanium implant will be surgically placed beneath your gums and into the area of your jawbone that your tooth root once occupied. You’ll probably experience some discomfort and swelling following the procedure. Expect to follow a soft-foods diet for at least 10 to 14 days after your surgery. Implants are left in place to fuse with the jawbone for a period of 6 to 9 months. After that time, you’ll return to your implant specialist to be fitted for a bridge and any additional crowns you may require.
Will I need to follow any special instructions to care for my new bridge?
Your implant supported bridge will require little care outside of routine brushing and cleaning. However, your dentist will advise you to take time to clean the area between your gums and bridge using a specialty floss or small brush. Be sure to continue to attend periodic dental cleaning and examination appointments.