An implant-supported bridge is a treatment option for a patient missing one or several teeth. An implant-supported bridge is a dental bridge that is attached to implants in the jaw.
At 5 Mile Smiles, Dr. Jason Keefe is dedicated to helping patients achieve smiles that are healthy and beautiful. An implant-supported bridge can help patients achieve both. Here, Dr. Keefe discusses the advantages to implant-supported bridges.
The most obvious benefit of an implant-supported bridge is an improved smile. An implant-supported bridge fills in missing teeth in a smile. For most patients, missing teeth cause self-esteem issues and can actually impact the overall appearance of their face. An improved smile featuring a full set of teeth can dramatically improve a person’s self-confidence. After the procedure, patients often report that they can smile and speak freely thanks to their improved smile.
Preservation of Existing Teeth
A traditional bridge relies on the support of neighboring teeth. Oftentimes this means that the adjacent teeth have to be altered in some way to support the bridge. Implant-supported bridges are self-supporting. This means that the existing teeth can remain unaltered.
Improved Oral Health and Prevention of Bone Loss
Missing teeth impact more than self-esteem. Missing teeth can actually impact a person’s oral health. A missing tooth or teeth can contribute to dental issues like decay and gum disease. Missing teeth can also cause other teeth to shift or move from their original position and can impact a person’s bite and chewing. Filling in the gaps of missing teeth with an implant-supported bridge can help patients avoid many of these health issues. An implant-supported bridge can also help to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Natural Feel and Appearance
Most people want a beautiful smile; but they also want a smile that looks natural. An implant-supported bridge looks natural. It also feels and functions like real teeth. That is because the implant-supported bridge is held in place in the jaw just like natural teeth.
It’s important to take care of your teeth, even if those teeth are artificial (as they are with an implant-supported bridge). Patients who take care of their teeth and implant-supported bridges can expect long-lasting results. While duration can vary, most patients can expect their implant-supported bridge to last anywhere from 10 to 25 years or longer.
Learn More About Implant-Supported Bridges at 5 Mile Smiles
If you’re unhappy with a missing tooth or teeth, an implant-supported bridge can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Keefe at 5 Mile Smiles by calling (509) 326-2621 or filling out an online contact form.