Repair Your Smile with an Implant-Supported Bridge
Have gaps in your smile left you feeling self-conscious about your appearance? Do missing teeth affect your ability to chew properly and speak clearly? Patients missing multiple consecutive teeth can restore the appearance and function of their smile with an implant-supported bridge. Dr. Mark Luria at Dearborn Family Smiles in Dearborn, MI, can restore and place dental implants without referring patients to outside specialists.
A Multifaceted Treatment
An implant-supported bridge combines the utility of restorative dental practices with the aesthetics of cosmetic dentistry. With an implant-supported bridge, a patient can regain full dental functionality and experience a significant boost in confidence.
Placing an Implant-Supported Bridge
To ensure the longevity of dental implants, candidates for this procedure should have enough jawbone tissue to support the devices. For patients with inadequate jawbone tissue, a bone graft may be necessary before implant placement is an option. If our team detects signs of periodontal disease, patients will have to resolve this issue before implants can be placed. Candidates for this type of treatment should be non-smokers who maintain good oral health. Before deciding on treatment options, Dr. Luria meets with patients in a one-on-one consultation to determine their needs and assess the state of their dental health.
Implants are the only restorative treatment that can halt jawbone recession after tooth loss. This can save you money in the long run, potentially eliminating the need for a bone graft in the future.
With this common alternative to a traditional crown-supported bridge, dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone. Dr. Luria secures a custom-fitted restoration to the implant post using an abutment. This implant acts as a new tooth root, resulting in a secure, durable hold for the new restoration. With proper dental care, implants can last for the rest of your life.
Bridges can be composed of a variety of materials, including:
During the initial consultation, Dr. Luria will describe the advantages and disadvantages of your different options. For example, patients who value durability over aesthetics might opt for a metal bridge. If it is a more natural appearance patients are wanting, porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations can be crafted to match the patient’s surrounding teeth.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Bridges
Because the placement of an implant-supported bridge requires surgery, patients can expect a longer recovery period and increased sensitivity in the treated area after the procedure. Implant-supported bridges also can be costlier than their traditional counterparts. However, many patients find that the advantages of implant bridges make this option worth the extra investment of time and money.
Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can halt jawbone recession after tooth loss. This advantage can actually save you money in the long run, potentially eliminating the need for a bone graft in the future. Implant bridges also eliminate the need to alter healthy nearby teeth.
Our Dental Professionals Can Help Restore Your Smile
With an implant-supported bridge, our dentists at Dearborn Family Dentistry can renew both the aesthetic and functional aspects of a compromised smile. If you would like to learn more about how an implant-supported bridge can benefit you, contact us online or call us at (313) 565-5507.