What are Implant Supported Bridges Made of

Implant supported crowns are a type of restoration commonly used when the patient is missing a single tooth. This type of restoration is incredibly durable, secure, and looks natural as well. Implants are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth as the replace the tooth from crown to root. This solution is comprehensive and provides function most similar to a natural tooth. In addition, an implant has the unique capability of stimulating the jawbone and therefore prevents bone resorption and other problems.

Implant-supported Bridge

A traditional bridge uses the teeth on either side of the gap where the missing tooth is located to provide support. Unfortunately, the natural teeth providing support for the bridge must be modified. In order to accommodate the bridge, the teeth need to be ground down. The adjustment of the natural teeth for the crown can cause stress and damage. The tooth can be at high risk for damage when the tooth, its roots, or the bone structure has already been compromised. An implant supported bridge, however, uses a dental implant as the base. Implant supported bridges are an excellent tooth replacement option which avoids modification or additional stress on the existing natural teeth.

Below are the key components of an implant supported bridge:

1. Dental implant: this is a screw-like device which is typically made of titanium. It is surgically placed in the jawbone. The implant works by replacing the missing tooth’s root and stimulating the jaw.
2. Abutment: This portion of the bridge is usually made from titanium, gold or porcelain. The abutment is attached to the implant and connects the implant to the bridge or crown.
3. Restoration: This is the component of the bridge which gives the implant the appearance and function of a natural tooth. The implant supported crown or bridge is often made from ceramics, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin. These materials are able to closely mimic the appearance and color of the natural teeth. The last step of the process involves attaching the crown or bridge to the abutment.
Implants are typically completed over a few months and require multiple visits. However, it is possible for some dentists to place the implant in a single visit. Work with your dentist to determine the timeline for the procedure.

Treatment Success Rate

It is critical for patients with an implant to practice good oral hygiene. Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate of over 90 percent. The implant is placed directly in the jawbone. In order to maintain an implant supported bridge, patients must have good oral hygiene. The implant and restoration will not decay, but the area surrounding the implant must be kept clean and healthy. This prevents issues like gum disease and infection. Good oral hygiene includes brushing the teeth at least twice daily and daily flossing. Patients should also make regular visits to the dentist for an examination and professional cleaning. These visits help ensure the bridge is working properly and allows for the early detection of any issues.

Just like the natural teeth, implants can wear down over time and even break. The average life expectancy for an implant supported bridge will vary. The duration of the bridge depends on things like the patient’s lifestyle habits, oral hygiene practices, diet, and oral health. Dentists often suggest patient’s use a night guard to help protect the implant supported bridge while the patient is sleeping.

Follow up with a dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for using an implant supported bridge to replace missing teeth. During your consultation, the dentist can answer any questions and provide information regarding the cost of the procedure, timeline for treatment, and expected outcome.

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