Implant-Retained Bridges – Dallas, TX
Reliable, Natural-Looking Multi-Teeth Replacement
If you are missing multiple teeth, you may have thought about getting a traditional fixed bridge or partial denture to replace them. However, such treatments have limited lifespans and may not provide you with the strong bite and natural-looking appearance you crave. An implant-retained bridge, on the other hand, is a seamless way to fill the empty space in your mouth and help you achieve a beautiful, sturdy, and long-lasting smile.
How an Implant-Retained Bridge Works
A traditional fixed bridge relies on the support of your remaining natural teeth; it is anchored in your mouth via crowns that a dentist fits over the teeth that are adjacent to the empty space (the abutment teeth). In contrast, an implant-retained bridge gains all of its support from dental implants, small titanium cylinders that Dr. Kwon surgically places below the gum line. This type of prosthesis can replace two, three, or more missing teeth in a row.
The process for getting an implant-retained bridge begins with a consultation, wherein we will evaluate your candidacy for dental implants and recommend the best treatment for your circumstances. Then, we can plan exactly where in your jaw to place the implants so your bridge has the strongest base of support possible. Following your surgery, you’ll go through a healing period of several months. During this recovery time, the bone will heal around the implants, forming a strong bond with them. The final stage of the process is when we attach a gorgeous, custom-made restoration to the tops of the implants.
Benefits of an Implant-Retained Bridge
Implant-retained bridges offer some significant benefits, including:
- They help to distribute your bite force evenly across your mouth, saving your remaining natural teeth from extra wear and tear.
- Because a dental implant bonds with the bone around it, it can help to preserve your jaw’s shape and strength.
- An implant-retained bridge can last for a decade or longer; the implants themselves may last for the rest of your life.
- Your bridge will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile; onlookers may not even be able to tell that you’ve had some work done.
- Placing the bridge will probably not require that we modify or extract any of your remaining natural teeth.
Caring for Your Implant-Retained Bridge
Caring for your implant-retained bridge is neither complicated nor time-consuming. Here are a few tips to help you keep your new teeth in great shape:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Use a floss threader to help you clean the gums beneath the artificial teeth.
- Rinse your mouth daily with an antibacterial mouthwash.
- If your bridge ever feels loose or otherwise uncomfortable, contact our team right away.
- Wear a mouthguard when you play sports.
- Do not grind or clench your teeth.
Would you like to learn more about implant-retained bridges? Contact Dallas Dental Implant Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kwon. Our team is eager to get you back on the road to a healthy, strong, and complete smile!