An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. An implant bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing. It also may be used when your dentist is concerned that you might put too much pressure on individual implants that are not connected to each other. For example, clenching or grinding your teeth can put a lot of pressure on individual implants. This can increase the chances that they will loosen from the bone and fail. An implant-supported bridge reduces the pressure on the individual implants in the bone, and spreads it across the entire bridge.
Unlike dentures, both implants and bridges are permanent, non-removable replacements for your missing teeth. The difference between an implant and a bridge is how the new teeth are held in place. Implants stand alone, while bridges use your existing teeth to secure the replacements. Visually, there is little difference. We help you select the option that’s right for you, depending on your personal preferences and the condition of your other teeth.
It is cemented in and is a permanent fixture in your mouth instead of a denture which needs to be removed daily.
The major advantages of dental implants are, you do not use the neighboring teeth to support the replacement of the missing tooth and implants are considered the only permanent restoration in dentistry; they should never have to be replaced.
Dr. Philipp will help you determine if an implant is the right choice for you.