The Dental Implant Bridge Procedure: What You Need to Know

Implant Bridge

The implant bridge is getting increasingly popular for missing teeth replacement, proving its edge over traditional bridges. 

In modern times like these, people prioritize comfort and convenience over everything, and they look for the same in dental treatments. Dental implant bridges, being a product of modern restorative dentistry, fulfill this demand (and more) – they provide a replacement for missing teeth that’s not only comfortable but also highly functional and aesthetic. However, some people have misconceptions about this treatment, springing from their lack of knowledge about dental implants and their placement procedures. These misgivings keep them from benefiting from this technique.

To keep you more informed, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about dental implant bridge procedures in this blog, so you can gauge the superiority of this treatment (over other dental restorative treatments) for yourself!

What Is A Dental Implant Bridge?

It’s important to clear our basics before diving into the dental implant bridge procedures. This includes understanding what an implant bridge is and what are its major components.

Basically, a dental implant bridge is an implant-supported teeth restoration device, used to replace missing teeth. Hence, it has two major components: dental implants and the restoration (bridge). Let’s discuss each of these components briefly below.

Dental Implants 

Dental implants are biocompatible metallic posts that serve as attachment sites for artificial teeth (dental restorations). These metal posts are inserted into the jawbone, where they take the place of missing tooth roots and provide a strong base for the connection of artificial teeth (including a bridge). Since implants are made up of biocompatible materials, they are completely safe for your oral and overall health and are easily placed in your jaw following a minimally invasive surgery. Moreover, they are very durable and have an astounding success rate, where less than 5% of procedures result in dental implant failure.

Dental Restoration (Bridge)

The dental restoration is basically a set of artificial teeth that replaces missing teeth. It’s similar in structure to a traditional dental bridge. But unlike traditional bridges (which depend on natural teeth for support), it takes support from dental implants, as we’ve already discussed earlier. The bridge is composed of strong and durable material and is crafted according to the dimensions of your mouth to give you the same functionality as your natural teeth. Moreover, they have a very natural appearance that blends well with your existing teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from your existing teeth.

Why Choose A Dental Implant Bridge Over A Traditional Bridge?

Although traditional bridges were quite popular back in the day, and some people may still use them for teeth replacement, they are nonetheless very challenging to deal with. They aren’t attached to a very stable base – your existing teeth are filed down, and the bridge is attached to them for support. Hence, the bridge is prone to shifting and moving in the mouth, causing discomfort to patients. Also, since it requires your existing teeth to be filed down, it compromises their structural and functional integrity, which is an unfavorable consequence.

A dental implant bridge offers a solution to all the downsides associated with traditional bridges, including the ones we’ve just discussed. It’s a super stable dental restoration – one that feels as firmly attached to your jaw as your natural teeth. Also, it doesn’t entail any compromise to the structure or function of your existing teeth whatsoever. 

The Procedure Of A Dental Implant Bridge – A 4-Step Guide

The placement procedure of a dental implant bridge is very safe, straightforward, and effective – unlike what’s assumed by patients. It’s done under anesthesia to provide patients with a comfortable and pain-free experience and consists of the following steps:

Step#1 – Initial Consultation 

The first step in the procedure involves your initial consultation with your implant surgeon, who will examine your oral profile thoroughly to determine whether you’re suitable for an implant bridge. For this, he will use multiple diagnostic tools and dental imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT scans, and 3D photographs. Once your surgeon confirms that you are generally fit for the procedure and fulfill all the prerequisites for it, they will plan out the implant surgery in advance. This planning includes deciding where to place the implants in your jaw, what the angulation for implant placement should be, what the material of the implant should be, etc. 

Step#2 – Performing The Implant Surgery

The next step, after the initial consultation, is performing the implant surgery. In this stage, implant surgeons will execute all the planning they had done in the previous stage, ensuring that they perform the surgery with precision down to the smallest details. First, the surgical area will be numbed to make the process pain-free. Then, small incisions will be made in your gums at the site of missing teeth so that your jawbone can be accessed for implant placement. Finally, small holes will be drilled into the jawbone to make space for the implants, and the implants are drilled into these holes. The incisions in the gums are then stitched back.

Step#3 – Temporary Bridge Placement 

Right after the completion of your implant surgery, a ‘temporary’ bridge is attached to the implants. This is because your implants are freshly placed and need some time to heal before they can support a permanent implant bridge. A temporary bridge is therefore attached to the implants, allowing patients to eat and drink normally and also allowing them to have confident social interactions with a complete smile (which wouldn’t have been possible if the implants were left to heal without a temporary bridge placement). 

Step# 4 – Permanent Bridge Placement 

It’ll require a few weeks following the implant surgery and temporary bridge placement for your implants to fully heal. This is done via a process called osseointegration – where the implants ‘integrate’ with your jawbone, allowing the implants to function like natural tooth roots. After successful osseointegration, your surgeon will remove the temporary bridge that was earlier attached to the implants and replace it with a permanent bridge. This permanent bridge will improve your self-confidence and improve your quality of life by providing a perfect replacement for your missing teeth.

Conclusion 

A dental implant bridge procedure encompasses a detailed consultation with a surgeon, followed by implant surgery and bridge (temporary + permanent) placement. It’s a safe, minimally invasive, and effective procedure, giving you an incredibly perfect replacement for your missing teeth. 

Need more details on the benefits of this treatment or more clarity on whether you’re a suitable candidate for it? Book a FREE consultation with the dental experts practicing at Walnut Creek Implant Clinic, based in Walnut Creek, California. Our expert implant surgeons will tackle every query that you may have regarding this treatment, streamlining your journey toward a healthy smile transformation.


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