Supporting Your Bridge With Dental Implants

santa rosa implant bridgeIn our last blog, we talked about supporting an individual dental implant to treat minor tooth loss. But if the gap in your smile is too severe for a single replacement tooth, we may suggest a bridge. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about our dental implant supported bridges, which offer a lifelike appearance and a complete smile!

When Smiles Need a Bridge

When a person is missing a single tooth, our team will likely place an individual dental implant post to fill the gap and prevent complications. But what if there is a larger space, such as two to four missing teeth in a row? In these cases, you have a gap too minor for a partial denture, but too severe to be addressed with individual posts. In these scenarios, our team can provide a custom dental bridge. While traditional ones need to be supported by crowns on abutment teeth, these are secured with dental implants and can last far longer, decades as opposed to just ten years!

Constructing Your Prosthetic

To begin, our team will take a close look at your smile to assess the factors behind your tooth loss. We then gather detailed images with advanced digital technology, which we use in a lab setting to design your prosthetic and also plan the placement of the posts. The prosthetic will be custom-made from ceramic, a durable material that can absorb daily bite forces and be shaded to blend with your smile seamlessly. The finished product will contain new teeth with crowns on one or both ends.

Support With One or More Dental Implants

Our team will use CT scanning technology and digital x-rays to choose the best areas to insert your posts. We then guide them into place, inserting them directly into your jaw. Made from biocompatible titanium, these posts will act as new roots and prevent the jawbone from losing mass and density, which enables your new teeth to last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. Once in place, we will connect abutments to the posts and finally, attach the completed prosthetic.

The prosthetic will be easy to maintain, as you brush and floss it as you would natural teeth. If you have any questions about how we plan and implement dental implant bridges, or if you have gaps that need attention in your smile, then please reach out to our office today!

Do You Have Questions About Implant Bridges?

We’re ready to help you maintain good oral health and a full smile again, which is why we offer our fixed dental prosthetics. To learn more about our implant supported dental prosthetics, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.