Dental bridges have become a fairly common type of tooth replacement option. The process requires little recovery time, it’s affordable, and oftentimes, the procedure is covered under insurance. However, if you would prefer a solution that can last up to 20 years or more, an implant-supported bridge may suit you. To inform his patients of this alternative, Dr. Mark Miller, your Albuquerque, NM dentist explains the ins and outs of an implant-supported bridge.
A traditional dental bridge is a minimally invasive procedure—in comparison to an implant-supported bridge. With a regular bridge, three components make the restoration possible: two anchoring crowns and pontics (or false teeth). First, the dentist prepares the two bordering healthy teeth to place the crowns; in the middle sit the points. After the dentist takes impressions of the area, the molds go to a lab where the actual bridge is created. During the waiting period, you’re outfitted with a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth. Upon your second appointment, the permanent bridge is bonded in place, and your smile appears brand-new.
With an implant-supported bridge, the implants anchor the bridge in place. Your Albuquerque, NM dentist uses titanium posts that become rooted to your jaw bone; these posts serve as new tooth roots. After a healing period, the doctor is able to bond the crowns atop the implants to complete the restoration. Though an implant-supported bridge costs more than a traditional bridge, the implant will offer longer-lasting, stable results.
Like individual dental implants, an implant-supported dental bridge requires some qualifications before the process can begin. Patients must have sufficient bone structure. If the area has been missing teeth for some time, the bone may have started to deteriorate. Without adequate bone, the implantation procedure can’t take place.
Additionally, patients who have gum or oral diseases don’t qualify for a dental implant. A healthy mouth and gums will support the implant whereas an unhealthy foundation will reject the post. If you’re considering an implant-supported bridge, you must speak with Dr. Miller. He can evaluate your mouth and decide whether or not you’re a candidate for an implant.
For patients who have a few missing teeth and would like a consultation about implant-supported dental bridges, talk to your Albuquerque, NM dentist. To schedule an appointment, call us at (505) 596-4479. Also, visit our website to view the smile gallery, print patient forms, and read reviews from loyal patients. We look forward to treating families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.
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