Implant-supported bridges allow patients to replace multiple consecutive missing teeth without having to crown healthy teeth or suffer gradual jawbone recession. At our Philadelphia, PA, dental practice, Dr. Bruce J. Wilderman accepts CareCredit® financing to help you budget for this advanced and multi-beneficial treatment.
Traditional Bridges vs Implant-Supported Bridges
Traditional dental bridges consist of two dental crowns supporting a row of artificial teeth – or pontics – in between. The crowns are attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. In order to do this, the teeth must be reshaped and reduced to make room for the crowns.
Implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants instead of adjacent teeth, eliminating the need to remove healthy dental tissue.
Exploring Your Candidacy
General candidacy for an implant-supported bridge includes being in good overall health. Patients considering implant treatment should not have any health-related concerns that could interfere with healing, such as hemophilia or uncontrolled diabetes. Furthermore, individuals should be free from gum disease and tooth decay. If these issues are present, periodontal or restorative treatments can be performed prior to implant placement.
Patients must also have sufficient jawbone tissue to support the posts. Those who lack adequate bone density can restore their eligibility for implants with a bone grafting procedure. This involves adding bone tissue to the jaw to replace lost tissue. Typically, bone grafting procedures add a few months to the total treatment timeline. However, most patients agree it is well worth the wait to experience the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.