Dentures to Implant Bridge
At Fairbanks Periodontal Associates, we understand how important it is for you to have a nice and healthy smile. When you’re missing teeth, that can feel almost impossible, but you still have options: a full-fixed bridge, a conventional removable denture or, our favorite, an implant-supported denture.
Just like a standard dental bridge, a denture to implant bridge is sitting on top of implants that provide the necessary support in place of natural teeth. In most cases, one implant is secured in the jawbone for each tooth that you’re missing when a denture to implant bridge is utilized. Then, to create one sole unit, the crowns are linked to each other.
In Which Cases Are Dentures to Implant Bridges Used?
If more than one tooth has been lost, a denture to implant bridge is utilized. If after your evaluation, we believe there might be a risk that individual implants will suffer from excessive force application or pressure, we might also recommend this type of dentures.
Tightening or squeezing your teeth, for instance, can place a ton of stress on external implants. This can maximize the likelihood that they'll loosen up from the bone and end up failing. A denture to implant bridge lowers the stress on the bone's implants and distributes it throughout the bridge.
If the implants are positioned next to natural teeth, they and the surrounding gum both need to be very healthy. If you don't have enough bone to position and sustain the dental implants, we can build up the supporting bone through bone augmentation or grafting procedures before properly starting the implant process.
How It Works
Sometimes after an evaluation, we decide that's it not a good idea to set an implant in a specific area of your mouth. This might be for multiple reasons; your jawbone might not be sufficient to sustain the implant or the space might be a bit too close to a nerve or a sinus cavity (which can be found over your top row of teeth).
If this is the case, by locating the implants on both sides of the area, your dentist can avoid the problem location. Then, a denture to implant bridge will be added on top of both implants. A denture to implant bridge can also resemble a conventional bridge when a crown is suspended between the crowns that are supported by the implant.
Dentures to implant bridge consist of an implant that is made of titanium and is positioned in the jawbone through surgery. You might have one implant for each tooth you’re missing, or some spaces might be skipped if you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support it.
The second part is the abutment, which is a porcelain, gold, or titanium cylinder. It’s screwed into the implant. In previous years, cement was used to attach some abutments to the implant. However, nowadays they’re secured with screws. These can either be pre-made or custom-made just for you in our lab.
Finally, there’s the restoration which is the one that looks like teeth and consists of a set of crowns that connect to form the bridge. Made out of porcelain, they fuse to a metal substructure.
For more information on dentures to implant bridge, call the experienced professionals here at Fairbanks Periodontal Associates at (907) 455-7100 today!