Implant Supported Bridge in Loves Park IL
Implant supported bridges are designed to close a gap between two natural teeth like traditional bridges. Instead of being secured by the adjacent teeth with crowns or a framework, implant supported bridges attach to tiny titanium posts surgically placed into your jawbone. These tiny posts will function as artificial replacement roots. The number of posts placed will depend on the size and length of the bridge.
At Riverside Dental Center, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle and compassionate care that you deserve from your dentist in Loves Park. We collectively focus on making you feel at ease by providing you exceptional care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. Our team goal is to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and caring staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. We also emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is so important to keep your mouth healthy and how to exercise daily hygiene to accomplish it. We are located at 2028 E. Riverside Blvd., Ste 210, Loves Park, IL, 61111. Please call us today at 815-877-4300 to schedule an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of an implant supported dental bridge for you and your smile.
With a traditional dental bridge, the artificial tooth or teeth are fused to dental crowns, one placed over the natural tooth on each side, to support the bridge in place. If dental crowns are not preferred, then a metal framework can attach to the back of the abutment teeth for the necessary support. An implant supported bridge does not need the abutment teeth for support. The artificial teeth are supported with a dental implant. The dental implant is surgically placed into your jawbone in the gap. If there is not enough jawbone density to successfully support the dental implant, a simple bone grafting procedure before the implant procedure will provide sufficient density and mass. The restorative bridge is then attached to extensions or abutments, which are small connectors that affix the crowns to the dental implant.
The Implant Supported Bridge Procedure
An implant-supported bridge will require several steps, which might take six months for completion. After the initial evaluation at Riverside Dental Center has confirmed that you have sufficient bone density for success, we will surgically place the dental implants into the area in the jawbone of the tooth loss. After this minor surgery, the bone tissues need adequate time to bond, fuse, and integrate with the implants in a process called osseointegration. This stage will take several months.
After the osseointegration process is completed, the next step is to attach abutments, or small extensions, to the implant posts. After this second step, the gums will need about two weeks to heal.
The final stage of your implant supported bridge procedure is the placement of your custom designed bridge onto the implant extensions. A permanent adhesive will be used to bond the dental bridge, with the artificial crowns, to the abutments. This secures your new restoration so that it becomes a natural and permanent part of your smile.
With daily preventative at-home oral hygiene and maintaining your consistent dental checkups every six months with Riverside Dental Center, your implant supported bridge will last for decades, and you can smile confidently and enjoy eating your favorite foods. Your healthy smile will be completely restored, you will have no stability issues with biting, chewing, or speaking, and the artificial root maintains jawbone integrity so you will not experience any early sagging with your facial appearance.
Benefits of Implant Supported Bridges
A few of the benefits of replacing your missing teeth with an implant supported bridge include:
- Hassle-free – There will be no disruptions in the appearance and functionality of your healthy smile or how you practice your daily oral hygiene. You will continue to brush and floss normally, enjoy your favorite foods, share your healthy smile, and talk with reassured confidence.
- Improved oral health – With the stimulation from the artificial root, your implant supported bridge will help maintain your natural and healthy gum tissue volume and jawbone density, so your smile will continue to be healthy and functional for decades.
- Long lasting – Your implant supported bridge has the potential to last your lifetime. This is much longer than traditional bridges or dentures, which usually need to be replaced every 10 years.
An implant supported bridge leaves the neighboring teeth in their natural condition. The two adjoining teeth will not undergo any prep work to support artificial crowns. The dental implants, functioning as artificial roots, will hold your bridge securely so it feels like your natural teeth. This artificial tooth root also stimulates the jawbone to maintain density and prevent jawbone atrophy.
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Are You a Candidate for an Implant Supported Bridge?
Most patients will qualify to have a single dental implant at Riverside Dental Center. An implant-supported bridge quite often requires a second implant, so we will need to confirm there is adequate bone density. We will conduct an examination and take digital x-rays before we proceed.
Your implant supported bridge will still need proper oral hygiene. It is a permanent restoration that needs to be cleaned like your natural teeth. Without any supporting attachments to the adjoining teeth, you can easily brush and floss daily. Regular checkups every six months with Riverside Dental Center are strongly encouraged.
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The entire team at Riverside Dental Center believes that you should have sufficient information to make educated and informed decisions about your oral health, treatment options, and the choice of your dentist in Loves Park. You will find all this essential information on our website, including directions to our Loves Park office, service descriptions, patient forms, patient education resources, and more.
We are located at 2028 E. Riverside Blvd., Ste 210, Loves Park, IL, 61111. Please call us today at 815-877-4300 to schedule an appointment for your dream smile. Let us smile together.