If you are missing multiple teeth, you have several options. You can choose to not replace them however, this is not a good idea since your health and well-being will suffer. There are several dental restorations available including a removable denture, fixed bridge, and an implant supported bridge. Dr. Trinkner and Dr. Keefer are experienced restorative dentists in Columbia, SC. If you qualify, they will suggest the implant supported bridge. This is the best option for your health and will look the most natural.
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant supported bridge is made up of two or more dental implants and a custom dental bridge. Patients missing several teeth in a row will need to undergo a surgery where their dentist will insert the dental implants. After several months of healing time, the implants will be fused with the jaw bone.
The custom bridge is made up of dental crowns that will attach to the implants and pontics which are the replacement teeth. These are all fused together to create a single restoration. When the implants are ready, your dentist will place the bridge to complete your new smile.
The Benefits of an Implant Supported Bridge
The best choice to replace several missing teeth in a row is an implant supported bridge. This is better than a removable partial denture and a fixed bridge for several reasons. This type of restoration will not harm any of your remaining healthy teeth. It will not add extra pressure to them to help hold the restoration in place. With a fixed bridge, you have to use the adjacent teeth to secure it. These teeth must be made smaller to accommodate the crowns.
This implant supported restoration also replaces your teeth at the root. Replacing the roots will help maintain the structural integrity of your jaw bone. Avoiding bone deterioration will help hold the natural shape of your face and prevent other teeth from becoming loose.
Any type of restoration that is secured with dental implants will be more secure. This will allow you to eat any kind of food without restrictions. Since the bridge is firmly in place, you will able to use greater chewing force.
How many teeth can an implant supported bridge replace?
An implant supported bridge can replace anywhere from two to five teeth (sometimes more). However, the more teeth you are replacing with the bridge, the more dental implants you will need to support it. The good news is it’s not necessary to use one implant per missing tooth. A bridge requires at least two dental implants for support. Maximizing the number of teeth the bridge and implants will support will reduce the total cost of treatment significantly.
Schedule a Consult for an Implant Supported Bridge in Columbia, SC
If you are missing two or more teeth, book an appointment for multiple dental implants with Dr. Trinkner and Dr. Keefer. You can request an appointment online by filling out this form. An implant supported bridge can help you regain your oral health and confidence.