Rather than being held in place by your remaining teeth, like standard dental bridges, implant-retained bridges are supported by crowns either placed on your existing teeth or secured to implants in the jawbone. Your new implants are built with titanium and are surgically incorporated into your jaw to help support the new teeth. Crowns are subsequently attached to the surrounding teeth to assist in securing the implant. This type of bridge can be a great alternative for the replacement of several missing teeth, but it could also be employed to prevent excess strain on the implant. This process offered by general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey utilizes innovative technology to create a lasting and improved smile. At Finest City Dental in San Diego, CA, we only utilize high-quality materials to provide you with a stunning and natural smile. Implant-supported bridges are a more affordable remedy to restore lost teeth and help you get back the appearance and function of your natural teeth.
Good candidates for implanted bridges are patients who are missing several teeth due to a variety of circumstances, such as genetics, trauma, or lifestyle choices. They may also be a great alternative for those suffering from jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Your gums must be in good health to be eligible to receive an implant. If not, a bone graft or augmentation may need to be performed prior to implant installation. Dr. Dovey will examine your overall dental health and decide whether implant bridges are a good choice for you.
What to Expect
The installation of implant bridges is a multiple-step procedure. The first step is the surgical placement of the implant into your jaw. After this takes place, the tissue around the gums will need a few months to recover, which will also allow the implant the opportunity to integrate properly. Before continuing, Dr. Dovey will verify the successful integration of the implant with digital x-rays. If they show that integration has gone according to plan, the next stage of the procedure will take place. Your custom bridge will be anchored to your implant and any necessary crowns will be placed on your adjacent teeth. Dr. Dovey may tweak your bridge if necessary for proper comfort and fit.
Your implant will require daily cleaning. Dr. Dovey can also suggest using special tools that will allow you to achieve a more thorough cleaning between the gum and bridge. You should also continue to attend your twice-yearly dental cleanings and annual examinations. This will allow Dr. Dovey to monitor the condition of your implant and optimize your oral health.
The price of this procedure can fluctuate based upon the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced. During your consultation, Dr. Dovey will talk to you about the various restorative dentistry treatments that can best meet your requirements and price range. Our financial planner will contact your insurer, if you have one, to ascertain what may or might not be paid for by your policy. Finest City Dental also offers numerous payment methods.
An implant-supported bridge is a sturdy, durable option for the replacement of missing teeth. Utilizing advanced techniques, Dr. Dovey provides implant-retained bridges to revive our patients' smiles. To find out if implant-supported bridges are the right choice for you, call Finest City Dental to arrange your appointment.