If you have several missing teeth a dental implant can be placed to support a permanent bridge to replace those teeth. Dental bridges are false teeth, also called ‘pontics,’ that are suspended in the gap between neighboring teeth on either side.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Bridges
Traditional bridges are still an option, but there are advantages to having your bridge supported by an implant:
- No support is needed from neighboring teeth.
- No grinding on other teeth.
- The missing tooth roots are replaced by the implants, so that no deterioration is likely to happen in the jawbone.
- There’ll be no gum recession as can happen with fixed traditional bridges, and no inconvenience as with removable partial dentures.
- The implant support is very firm, giving you new teeth that feel, look, and function like your natural teeth.
How is it done?
- The implants are placed during your first visit, and several months are allowed to pass while the bone grows snugly around them. You can wear temporary teeth during this period. The number of implants will depend on how many gaps are being filled, and where they are located.
- Also during this period, your bridge is constructed, with natural-looking porcelain teeth and customized to exactly fit the space left by your missing teeth.
- In the second visit, the bridge is attached to the implants.
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As an expert restorative and cosmetic implant dentist, Dr. Schwarcz has special accreditation in implant dentistry. He serves patients throughout San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, San Pablo and the surrounding areas. If you are missing one or more teeth, contact us to schedule your Complimentary Consultation. Please call: (510) 232-3143 or Send an Email today.