Dental implants are metal posts or frames which are placed in the jaw bone under the gums by surgery. An implant-supported bridge is just like a regular dental bridge which is supported by implants and not the natural teeth. When an implant-supported bridge is made an implant is placed in the jawbone in place of all missing teeth. Separate crown on top of each implant are not placed, the crowns of all the teeth are connected to each other to form one piece.
If you have more than one missing tooth an implant-supported bridge can be made. You may be given a implant supported bridge if your dentist is concerned that you might apply excess pressure on individual implants if they are not connected. In an implant supported bridge pressure on individual implant is reduced.
Some considerations before an implant are
If your dentist cannot place an implant in a certain place in your mouth because of less bone in the jaw there or there is a concern that it may touch nerve or sinus cavity he or she may make a implant-supported bridge.
An implant-supported bridge has
Tips to care for your Implant-Supported bridge
Consult your dentist if you feel the bridge does not fit well or if you have soreness in your mouth or any other problem.
The implants in the jaw, the abutments and the bridge are visualized on the X-ray. X-ray will be done when the implant and bridge are being placed to check if the implants, abutments and attachments are in the right places.
Besides the complications of surgery like bleeding, infection, implant failure there are other risks associated with implant-supported bridge are
What Can You Expect From Your Implant
An implant-supported bridge is better and more stable than a removable partial denture.
Advantages of implants include