In order to understand an implant bridge, you should first grasp the concept of a dental implant. The best way to picture a dental implant is to imagine a titanium screw, which is essentially screwed into your jaw bone. Then, bone grows around the implant, holding it firmly in place. This implant screw can then be used to replace missing teeth.
Imagine you have a gap where you are missing three teeth in a row. You can place one implant screw at the front of this gap and one implant screw at the back of this gap. Rather than placing one tooth on top of each implant screw and leaving a gap between the two implants, you can place a three-tooth bridge. To picture the three-tooth bridge, imagine one tooth on top of the back implant screw, one tooth on top of the front implant screw, and one tooth in-between and connected to the other two. This is called an Implant Bridge.
Thus, if you are missing many teeth, even all of your teeth, numerous dental implant screws and implant bridges can often be used to replace these teeth.
Implant Bridges have truly revolutionized dentistry. Historically, patients missing many teeth had limited options, mainly dentures or partial dentures that the patient can take in and out. On the other hand, implant bridges are fixed in place and cannot be removed by the patient. Thus, implant bridges allow patients to replace missing teeth in a way that is comfortable, cosmetic, and feels completely natural.
Why I wrote these articles on dental bridges:
In my office, bridges are an extremely common procedure to replace missing teeth. Do you remember when you were 15 years old and could not imagine losing a tooth? As we age, losing a tooth may unfortunately become a reality. Whenever a new patient comes to my office missing a tooth or several teeth, I explain the benefits of replacing them as soon as possible. The internet unfortunately offers insufficient information about this subject, and people delay seeing the dentist as a result. So, I decided to write these articles and provide extensive information about the advantages, disadvantages, types, costs, and indications of dental bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. I hope you enjoy the articles. If you have any further questions about bridges or implants or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.