Traditional bridges consist of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic or false tooth. The teeth adjacent to the open space must be completely reshaped to accommodate the crowns. Over time, the crowned teeth may become more vulnerable to decay and damage. These days, patients tend to opt for implant-supported bridges. An implant-supported bridge can be used to replace more than one tooth, and in most cases, implants are placed for each missing tooth. If this is not possible, a pontic may be suspended between two implant-supported crowns.
An implant-supported bridge is a permanent restoration that can improve your ability to properly chew and speak. It is a better option for your oral health because it preserves your bone structure and does not affect your surrounding teeth. Patients with implant-supported bridges also experience improved durability.
All-on-4 Treatment Concept®
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, we may recommend All-on-4®. This is an implant-supported denture that is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper and lower jaws. All-on-4® is the superior denture thanks to revolutionary technology and techniques. With All-on-4®, only four implants are placed at precise angles to create leverage and maximize support of an entire arch of prosthetic teeth! Other implant-supported dentures require the use of six to eight implants per arch. Fewer implants mean quicker and more comfortable healing.
All-on-4® brings the look and feel of natural teeth back to your mouth. Unlike traditional dentures, All-on-4® allows you to enjoy your favorite foods with confidence and without having to worry about embarrassing slips or messy adhesives. All-on-4® is a convenient and ideal choice for patients with total tooth loss. Because the implants become a part of you, your new smile will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth!
- Snap On Dentures In some circumstances, an implant-supported overdenture may be the best option for you. Most implant-supported overdentures consist of two to four implants and a removable appliance. The appliance is attached to the dental implants using a ball-in-socket system or a metal bar. Implant-supported dentures are considered to be a step above traditional dentures because they provide more stability and longevity. However, they still have to be taken out at night and removed for cleaning. This option is best for patients who may not qualify for All-on-4® due to severe bone deterioration.