Implant-Retained Bridge – Wethersfield, CT
Support Your Bridge with Dental Implants
No one is ever really prepared to lose a tooth, but it’s a reality for over 120 million Americans. While missing a single tooth can impact your self-esteem, losing several teeth creates many new challenges for your oral health and your quality of life. Now, you have more options than ever to treat tooth loss. Besides traditional solutions, you can enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth with an implant-retained bridge in Wethersfield. We’ll help you invest in your smile using a treatment that can last for a lifetime.
What is an Implant-Retained Bridge?
A traditional fixed bridge is a tried-and-true method to replace 1 to 3 consecutive missing teeth. An impression of your mouth is used to recreate the teeth you’ve lost. They are made of all-ceramic material and held in place by bonding dental crowns over the adjacent teeth. Although it’s effective, there are disadvantage, like altering healthy teeth and relying on them for support.
An implant-retained bridge resolves the common complaints associated with a fixed bridge. The prosthetic teeth are anchored in place using 1 to 2 titanium implant posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. This replaces the full structures of the teeth, including the roots. As a result, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits that aren’t possible using a traditional bridge and crowns.
What are the Benefits of an Implant-Retained Bridge?
Unlike a traditional bridge, the process of rebuilding your smile with dental implants in Wethersfield will take several months because it recreates the tooth from the root up. 1 to 2 implant posts are inserted into your jawbone to support the bridge.
Acting as roots, they stimulate the bone to encourage new growth. Your jaw will fuse to the posts, allowing them to potentially remain in place forever. After your jawbone has healed, special fixtures called abutments are placed onto each post to secure your bridge.
Treating the entire tooth structure provides several advantages over a regular fixed bridge, including:
- Over a 95% success rate to last for several decades.
- Looks natural using all-ceramic material to match your real teeth.
- Regain as much as 70% of your natural biting force.
- Doesn’t alter healthy teeth or rely on them for support.
- Stimulates your jawbone to stop dental drift.
- Improves your oral health by reducing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.
- Supports your facial tissues for a youthful appearance.
- Cost-effective because it can last for decades with the right aftercare.
Candidates for Implant-Retained Bridges
If you’ve lost 2 or more teeth in a row, you might be a candidate for an implant-supported bridge. We’ll preform an initial consultation to assess your oral and general health. This will also include a CT scan to ensure your jaw can support the posts. In some cases, patients need additional procedures to become a candidate for dental implants, like bone grafting.
We will take the time to explain the process and discuss your personalized treatment plan so you can enjoy a complete smile again. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.