Dentures to Implant Bridges
Here at City Smiles DC, we will take care of all your denture and implant supported denture needs. Implants can be placed to support a bridge where the gap is too big for a partial denture, or if the adjacent teeth are not strong enough. Normal dental bridges are attached to adjacent teeth using crowns. When the gap is too large, an implant is anchored into the jawbone , and a bridge is attached to the implant as a single prosthetic restoration.
Why Would you Need Implant Supported Dentures?
We will recommend implant supported dentures to traditional denture patients when they have complex tooth replacement needs. There is a concern that the implant restorations might pile pressure on each other if left as stand-alone implants, hence the need for the implant supported bridge. For instance, people who grind their teeth will cause much pressure on individual implants and potentially damage them.
We will first make sure implants are suitable for you. You need to have healthy gums and enough jawbone for the implants to be placed. You might need to undergo jawbone augmentation or grafting if your jawbone has been damaged before any implants are placed.
Implants supported bridges usually include between 2 and 6 implants that are used to support a bridge of between 2 and 14 prosthetic teeth. If there is a nerve or sinus cavity close to the location where an implant is to be placed, the implant cannot be placed. In such instances, implants are placed on either side of the spot, and the crown-bridge is fitted on them. The crown-bridge will be suspended over the spot to cover it. Alternately, we will sometimes suggest a bone graft or sinus lift to give those areas of your mouth stable base structure to support the implants directly.
The procedure to place dental implants and their supported bridges is one that can take several months to fully finish. The normal procedure for placing implants will first be carried out. You then have to wait for your gums to heal, and the implants to cement themselves into place. Once the implants are set, we will arrange for you to come and visit us again so that we can place the bridges.
You will also need a couple of consultation visits with us before any procedures are carried out. Your oral health history and the current state of your teeth structure need to be carefully examined by Dr. Stuart Ross.
Impressions of your teeth and mouth will also be needed so that the dentures and bridges can be prepared. If you are missing more than one tooth, there is a high likelihood that your jawbone might be damaged as well. It is important that it gets checked too, to ensure that it can strongly hold the implants.
Your new implants will fuse to the bone in your jaw through a process known as osseointegration after a few months. The implant supported bridge prosthetics are designed to blend in with your natural teeth, so no one will notice you have a prosthetic. You should avoid using your dentures to bite hard objects or foods like ice, especially if you have a spot where the bridge is suspended over an empty space.
Read more about how implant supported bridges could restore your smile.
Call us at City Smiles DC at (202) 223-6300, and you will get help with all your oral health concerns.