Implant-Supported Dental Bridges – Longmont, CO
Replace Lost Teeth to Keep Smiling Brightly
If you’ve lost two or more teeth in a row, a dental implant-retained fixed bridge may be just what you need to fully renew your oral health and function. These dental implant-retained prosthetics seamlessly fill gaps in the smile without adversely impacting your surrounding teeth or other oral structures. If you want to learn more about implant-supported dental bridges or any of your other tooth replacement options available at Longmont Complete Dentistry, give our team of professionals a call today. We’ll schedule a tooth replacement consultation for you in our Longmont dental office to review your restoration options and help you develop a plan to put the smile back on your face.
What are Implant-Retained Dental Bridges?
Traditional dental bridges are tooth replacement prosthetics crafted by placing dental crowns on either side of one or more replacement teeth. Then, the dental crowns are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. A dental implant post is an anchoring device that mimics the natural function of tooth roots, providing support for replacement teeth and stimulus to the underlying bone and gum tissue. An implant-retained dental bridge uses two implant posts to support the bridge – rather than attaching to healthy teeth.
When are Implant Bridges Used?
Dental implant bridges are used to replace two or more teeth in a row. For patients who have lost more than four or five teeth in a row, two dental bridges or a partial denture may be recommended instead of one long fixed bridge. In some cases, a series of dental bridges may also be used to replace a full row off teeth. This process can be very invasive, and in most cases, an implant-retained denture is used instead.
How do Implant-Supported Bridges Work?
An implant-supported dental bridge is placed over the course of several phases of treatment. We’ll begin by preparing your smile, which may include removing damaged teeth and placing tissue grafts. Then, the implant posts are positioned below the gum line. Over the course of several months, the implants will fuse to the gum and bone tissue. Once implant posts are firmly in place, we’ll design and attach your dental bridge.
What are the Benefits of Implant-Retained Fixed Bridges?
If you’re still hesitant to move forward with an implant-supported tooth replacement plan, take a few moments to review some of the benefits of this treatment option below:
- Self-supporting implant-retained fixed bridges will not impact your surrounding healthy teeth, and they will improve gum tissue volume and jawbone density that may be lost without the replacement of the tooth root.
- Long-lasting prosthetics like implant bridges may save patients money in the long run by avoiding the need for regular repair and replacement every ten years, which is typically necessary with traditional bridges.
- Easy to care for implant-supported fixed bridges allow patients to continue brushing and flossing each day as usual, and they make it possible for patient to eati all of their favorite foods.
How do I Care for My Implant Bridge?
You can care for your implant bridge much like you would your natural smile. Brush teeth twice a day, floss daily, and visit our dental office twice a year. You should also wear mouthguards to protect your smile from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching or during athletic competitions when appropriate. During your regular dental exams and teeth cleanings, we’ll examine your restoration and provide recommendations to improve your at-home care routine.
How Long do Implant-Supported Bridges Last?
A traditional dental bridge will need to be repaired or replaced at least every ten years. Implant retained dentures, with appropriate care, can last for decades. Many patients keep the same restoration for the rest of their lives.