What Are Implant-Retained Bridges?
Implant-retained bridges are a type of dental restoration that uses dental implants to support a bridge. A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge is anchored to the jawbone using dental implant posts.
An implant-retained bridge has four parts:
- Titanium Posts: These are the base of your restoration. They’re surgically placed into the jawbone and act as a natural tooth root, stimulating the bone.
- Abutment: A small metal connector attached to the implant posts.
- Porcelain Crown: These are customized restorations placed over the abutments to give you a natural-looking smile.
- Pontic Teeth: The prosthetic teeth cemented to the neighboring porcelain crowns.
Candidacy for Implant-Retained Bridges
To qualify for implant-retained bridges, you need adequate jawbone density and good overall oral health. Ideal candidates should also be non-smokers, as smoking can increase the risk of implant failure. Implant-retained bridges aren’t recommended for patients who have active periodontal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or other medical conditions that may impact healing.
Implant-Retained Bridge Benefits
Benefits of an implant-retained bridge include:
- Provides a permanent solution to missing teeth
- Doesn’t rely on the support of other teeth, which means it doesn’t put additional stress on healthy teeth
- Can prevent further tooth loss
- Looks and feels like natural teeth
- Restores a patient’s ability to eat and speak normally
Cons of Implant-Retained Bridges
As with any other tooth replacement, there are a few drawbacks patients should be aware of. Cons of implant-retained bridges can include:
- More invasive and expensive procedure compared to traditional bridges
- The healing process can take several months
- Risk of implant failure or infection
- Patients need adequate jawbone density and good overall oral health
- Not recommended for patients who have active periodontal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or other medical conditions that may impact healing
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do implant-retained bridges last?
Implant-retained bridges can last a lifetime, but their lifespan depends on factors such as the quality of the implant, the patient’s oral hygiene routine, and overall health. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings must be scheduled to help increase the longevity of implant-retained bridges.
Is there an age limit for implant-retained bridges?
There’s no age limit for implant-retained bridges. However, implant-retained bridges aren’t typically recommended for patients whose jaws are still developing. Some older patients may have a lower jawbone density, which can affect the success of the implant. In these cases, implant-retained bridges may not be the best replacement option.
How much does an implant-retained bridge cost?
The cost of an implant-retained bridge varies depending on factors such as the number of missing teeth, the location of the practice, and the type of implant used. Typically, implant-retained bridges can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000 or more.
Are Implant-Retained Bridges Right for You?
If you’re missing multiple teeth, it’s time to find the best replacement option. To learn more about implant-retained bridges, contact our Staten Island dentists. We’ll help you get the treatment you need to better your oral health and improve your smile’s appearance.
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