Having many missing teeth affects your confidence and often leads to tooth shifting, gum and jawbone changes, and eventually collapsed areas of the face due to a lack of supporting structure. Along with this, multiple gaps in the mouth can often mean that wrinkles and sagging skin develops, causing premature aging that can cause sufferers to feel self-conscious. This is because when many teeth are missing, the jawbone can shrink very quickly; an activity that causes the surrounding teeth to shift and move, which also increases the risk of them being lost themselves too.
Multiple gap dental implants are a long-lasting and effective treatment to replace several gaps and, depending on where these spaces are in the mouth, there are different options available. For example, if the missing teeth are in separate locations inside the mouth, it is usually best to use single dental implants. For neighbouring gaps, an implant bridge is the recommended treatment, especially if we need to replace more than three missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges are a particularly favoured option by patients who do not want to have a removable partial denture, but have experienced multiple tooth loss.
What is an implant-supported dental bridge?
An implant-supported bridge is very similar to a dental bridge but the row of joined crowns are placed onto implants rather than natural teeth. This treatment is used when more than one tooth is missing, or to alleviate pressure that may cause damage if individual implants were placed instead.
Implant-supported bridges also offer an excellent solution to patients with insufficient jawbone. In these instances, two implant fixtures support an implant bridge that is placed in the healthiest, strongest, thickest areas of the jawbone to ensure longevity and stability.
Benefits of implant-supported dental bridges
Implant-supported dental bridges are specifically designed to restore the function and form of your natural teeth. This means that besides a natural appearance and an aesthetically pleasing set of teeth, patients also benefit from jawbone preservation, efficient chewing and normal biting force. Just think, you’ll be able to eat all of your favourite foods again without any worries!
Implant-supported bridges also allow us to replace teeth without having to file down any healthy, adjacent teeth, because the implant-supported bridge does not require any extra support from natural teeth.
In some cases, implant-supported bridges will cut down the number of implants required to fix a problem, reducing the amount of surgical procedures required and providing a more cost-effective solution that will make you want to smile even more!
Where can implant-supported dental bridge be placed?
This type of implant solution can be used anywhere in the mouth where adjacent teeth are missing. For example, an implant bridge is an effective method to use if your front teeth are missing. At Clyde Munro, we prefer the take advantage of the low biomechanical forces applied on this particular area, as well as the added benefits of the superior aesthetics that can be achieved through this solution, compared to opting for multiple implants at the front.
If you have missing teeth in the back of the mouth, multiple dental implants with fixed bridges will provide the stability and strength needed to regain everyday endeavors, such as the ability to eat and chew whatever you desire!
For a first consultation or if you have any questions about whether implant-supported dental bridges are the best option for you, please call a Clyde Munro practice near you. We are here to help give you more than one reasons to smile!