Our doctors at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group in Boston, MA, are experienced prosthodontists who are specially trained in replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles through a variety of methods, including implant-supported bridges. This type of restoration is an excellent solution for patients missing one to three consecutive teeth and who are looking for a lasting approach to restore the function and aesthetics of their smile. During your consultation, the doctor will explain the many benefits of dental implant-retained bridges over traditional dental bridges. Your doctor will work closely with the technicians at our in-house laboratory to manufacture a custom bridge that fits comfortably and restores the gap in your grin.
Implant-Supported Bridge vs. Traditional Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is designed to fill in the gap left behind by one to three adjacent missing teeth. It is fabricated from a single block of porcelain with two dental crowns fused together on either side of a pontic (artificial tooth). The number of pontics needed will depend on the number of teeth missing. Whereas a traditional bridge uses your remaining teeth to support the restoration, an implant-supported bridge uses dental implants and abutments to permanently replace missing teeth.
Before placing the restoration, you will undergo dental implant placement surgery where the doctor will insert small titanium posts into your jawbone. Once the posts have successfully fused with your jawbone, your doctor can attach your customized restoration. Compared to traditional dental bridges, an implant-supported bridge provides a longer-lasting approach to tooth loss without damaging neighboring teeth. It can also prevent jawbone degeneration, changes to your facial structure, and further tooth loss.
What to Expect during the Procedure
During your consultation, the doctor will review a series of x-rays and scans to determine the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. In cases where a significant amount of time has occurred after tooth loss, jawbone preparation procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus lift surgery may be necessary. Sufficient jawbone strength will ensure that the implant posts successfully fuse and create a healthy foundation for your restoration.
The doctor will carefully review the dental implant procedure, costs involved, and overall timeline with you to ensure you are comfortable with the procedure. Once a treatment plan has been established, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled for your dental implant surgery.
Compared to traditional dental bridges, an implant-supported bridge provides a longer-lasting approach to tooth loss without damaging neighboring teeth. It can also prevent jawbone degeneration, changes to your facial structure, and further tooth loss.
The overall recovery period after implant placement, known as osseointegration, will take approximately four to six months. In cases where bone grafting is necessary, this will add an additional two to four months to the overall procedure. Once the implant posts have successfully fused with your jawbone, the doctor will attach the abutments and take digital impressions of your smile for our state-of-the-art lab to use in designing your customized restoration. In about two to three weeks, the doctor will attach your restoration to reveal a beautifully restored smile.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
An implant-supported bridge provides many benefits, including:
- Restored dental function and structural support
- Improved comfort when speaking and eating
- Stimulated jawbone and tooth conservation
- Enhanced self-confidence and better quality of life
- Long-lasting, natural-looking results
- Better oral health
Permanently Restore Your Smile with Implant-Supported Bridges
If you are looking for a permanent solution to replacing one or more missing teeth, we offer a variety of options to restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. Contact our practice online or by calling (617) 523-5451 to schedule your consultation with one of our prosthodontists.