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Implant-Retained Bridges

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If you’ve lost two or more consecutive teeth, the Tarpon Shores Dental team in Englewood can fully restore your lost tooth structure and function, using a dental implant supported fixed bridge restoration. These natural looking, feeling, and functioning restorations blend seamlessly into your smile line, and they’re long lasting and easy to care for. Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or a full row of teeth, it’s essential to replace the missing tooth structures to ensure optimal health and function, and an implant-retained tooth replacement option allows our Englewood dental team to replace the entire tooth – roots and crown – giving you back a beautiful smile you’ll be proud to share. If you’re ready to find out more, call to schedule an implant tooth replacement consultation appointment in our Englewood dental office. We look forward to partnering with you to restore your healthy, beautiful smile.

What are Dental Bridges?

Implant retained denture on tooth model

Dental bridges, sometimes called fixed bridges or simply bridges, are tooth replacement prosthetics. Traditional bridges combine a row of replacement teeth with two dental crowns, one at each end, that attach to surrounding healthy teeth to support the restoration. An implant-retained bridge is similarly crafted using a row of fused together replacement teeth. However, rather than attaching to surrounding teeth with dental crowns, the prosthetic is fixed to two implant posts, one at each end, to flawlessly recreate your smile.

Who Would Need an Implant-Retained Bridge?

We recommend implant supported dental bridges for patients who’ve lost between two to four consecutive teeth. In some cases, we can also use a series of dental implant supported bridges to replace a full row of teeth. However, this option requires patients to have significantly better oral health and more jawbone density and gum tissue volume than is typically necessary for an implant supported dentures.

What is the Implant Supported Dental Bridge Process?

Clear plastic model smile with implant-retained bridge

Replacing any number of teeth with dental implants is a multi-phase treatment process. The first phase includes preparatory treatments and planning. Preparation may include tooth extractions, tissue grafts, and a variety of other treatments. Then, we’ll use advanced dental technologies to precisely plan for your implant supported fixed bridge restoration.

The second phase of treatment is the surgical implant placement procedure. This treatment is actually not as invasive as many people assume it will be. We simply make an incision in the gum tissue. The implant posts are positioned into the jawbone, and a protective cap is put in place over the implant posts. For three to six months, the implants will be allowed to fuse with gum and bone tissue, mimicking lost tooth roots. Then, you’ll return to our office where we’ll attach the abutments that anchor replacement teeth to the implant posts and design your dental bridge.

The final phase of treatment is the attachment of your custom-crafted dental bridge. Once in place, your fixed bridge restoration will look, feel, and function like your healthy smile. You will not be able to remove these implant bridges at home, but if necessary, we can do so during a dental appointment.

How do I Care for My Implant Bridge?

Man looking at healthy smile in mirror

Implant-retained bridges will blend seamlessly into your natural smile line, and you can continue to brush them just like you would your natural teeth. Flossing can be a little trickier. You’ll be able to easily floss around the sides of the bridge, but plaque and food can also accumulate around the bottom of the bridge and between the fixed bridge and gum tissue. We may recommend you use a water flosser and/or antimicrobial mouth rinse to prevent plaque buildup beneath your fixed bridge.

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