Melbourne area residents ask, “What are implant-supported dental bridges?”

Dr. Terry Rose, Smile In Style

You are probably familiar with traditional dental bridges, which have been used since the early days of dentistry. They are a simple, effective, way to replace missing teeth. However, today’s high-tech dentistry has better options than ever before. Traditional bridges may be good, but for many patients, implant-supported bridges are better.

What are implant-supported bridges?

The most common dental bridge includes a false tooth and two crowns, fused into a single unit. The crowns are placed on existing teeth, positioning the false tooth in the gap. Today, this design is often called “crown and bridge work” to differentiate it from a newer type of bridge.

An implant-supported bridge consists of several false teeth in a single unit. It is customized depending on the number and location of the patient’s missing teeth. The unit is attached to two or more dental implants, which have been surgically placed in the bone.

Benefits of implants

Why should you care how your false teeth are supported? Implants make more of a difference than you might imagine:

  • Unlike traditional bridges, implant-supported restorations do not require any alteration to your natural teeth
  • Many patients find it difficult to clean under the false tooth in a traditional bridge; care of implants is convenient and similar to that of natural teeth
  • Implants simulate the action of natural tooth roots, helping the jawbone stay strong and healthy
  • As implants provide stability comparable to natural teeth, you can eat what you want and smile with confidence
  • With good hygiene and regular dental care, implants can last a lifetime

Are you a candidate?

Implant technology, like many other areas of dentistry, has advanced dramatically in recent years. Even if you were previously told that you weren’t a candidate, you could be now! With many different sizes, shapes, and styles of implants available, we can provide more customized treatment. For example, smaller implants may be used when there is not enough bone tissue for standard-sized ones. Additionally, bone augmentation procedures can help build up bone tissue, providing a strong foundation for implants.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. We will discuss the risks of an implant-supported bridge and/or bone augmentation during your consultation, as well as examine your health to ensure you are a suitable candidate. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Sunbury office at 03 8001 6021 or our Moonee Ponds office at 03 8400 4104.

 

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