If you’re missing multiple teeth in your upper or lower jaw, you may want to consider an implant-supported bridge as a permanent replacement option. Unlike conventional bridges or removable partial dentures, implant-supported bridges are supported by an implant on either end, providing a durable solution that can restore your smile and replace more teeth.
An implant-supported bridge is a fixed bridge that attaches to a pair of dental implants instead of natural teeth, making it a great alternative to removable partial dentures. It can replace several missing teeth in a row, with each “tooth” custom-designed to blend in with your natural smile. On average, an implant-supported bridge can fill in at least 3-4 teeth at once, using only two implants, and additional implants can be added for more support if needed.
Implant-supported bridges offer several advantages over partial dentures. Unlike partials, implants are independent and don’t rely on other teeth to hold them in place. They are also more natural-looking, without visible metal clasps that can weaken healthy teeth over time. Plus, implants are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime and help strengthen the bone where the implants are installed, delaying premature aging that is often associated with missing teeth.
To care for your implant-supported bridge, it’s important to brush your implants daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush or electric brush and floss around and under the bridge once or twice a day. Regular checkups at Lebanon Dental Center are also recommended to have your implants and remaining teeth evaluated and professionally cleaned.
If you’re interested in learning more about implant-supported bridges as an alternative to partial dentures, contact Dr. Syed at our Lebanon office today. Flexible payment options are available, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.