Dental Implant or Bridge? Which One is Better and why?
If you are missing several teeth, what would be the right approach for your oral needs and situation? A dental implant or a bridge (it could also be an implant supported bridge)
All the patients that are looking for implants miss one or several teeth. Maybe the ones they have are already too decayed and need a full mouth makeover or restoration.
Implant dentistry has advanced techniques to address almost any possible case where it is available bone.
If you don't need full mouth dental implants, then an implant bridge and cosmetic dentistry (as porcelain veneers or crowns) could be your solution.
Missing one single tooth can cause irreversible jaw damage. The damage is caused because the bone starts shrinking after a tooth is missing.
To avoid shrinking bone, the support of the bite with dental an implant bridge will keep your bone tissue healthy. Missing teeth can damage the structure of a full bite. The lack of teeth can also cause embarrassment to your self-image.
Is the dental implant bridge the treatment you need?
If you are missing several teeth, then we can set posts to support an implant bridge. The posts will create a frame in your mouth where the replacement teeth or implant bridge can be screwed to.
A couple of implants can hold a 3-unit bridge. An implant bridge is a common solution for people that still have some good teeth in their mouth. To complete the aesthetic look, the patient could think of porcelain crowns or veneers for a full mouth restoration! We only use imported materials for your prosthetic dental work. We can craft a new smile design with a combination of an implant bridge and cosmetic dentistry.
An implant-supported bridge is a fused set of crowns that are load over the implant we set before into your jawbone. Why is it different from a regular dental bridge? Because a common dental bridge will get its grip fro the adjacent teeth. The implant bridge hooks over the posts, providing extra stability.
An implant bridge is what we recommend when more than one tooth is missing or when the patient clenches or grinds. When the patient grinds the teeth, too much pressure on unconnected implants increases. Risking the chances to come loose from the bone over time. With an implant bridge, you will have one implant placed in the jaw for each missing too and then the crowns connect to one another to form a single piece. This will reduce the stress on the posts because the pressure spreads across all the tooth bridge
Components of an Implant Bridge
An implant bridge is usually made into 2 parts. The first is the base, the post or implant that usually one is set for each missing tooth. After the implant has been set, a titanium abutment fits onto the implant. In the past, cement was used to glue both parts. In modern dentistry, screws are the most used method. The restoration is a series of fused crowns which connected form a bridge. That is the part that resembles regular teeth.
An abutment is pre-fabricated, we only use the best brands. We can craft the implant bridge with porcelain or zirconium.
The Bridge With Implants Procedure
In the first surgery, the implant is set into the jaw and the covered with gum tissue. After 3 to 6 months then you will have the second part of the treatment. The waiting time is for the osseointegration process that takes place in the bone after an implant is set.
In the second stage of the treatment, the implant is load with the abutment and crown or bridge on top. This means cutting a small incision into the gum to expose the tops of the implants.
If there is not enough bone to hold an implant, there are other options to consider including bone graft. Once you have enough bone to hold the implant, it can be surgically set into your jawbone. The bridge sits over the implants, not over adjacent teeth. It's possible to build up the jawbone before the implant procedure starts with a bone grafting or augmentation.
The main reason could be there is an insufficient bone to support. Another reason could be because the location is too near a sinus cavity or nerve. To solve this issue, implants can go on either side of the space and an implant supported bridge can be fit on top. In some cases, a couple of fused crowns are load over a pair of posts.
Advantages to This Restoration
Dental implants are the best choice for tooth replacement. They work and look like natural teeth and helps preserve your bone. You can choose a removable partial but the bone around the missing tooth root might start to deteriorate. The cement holding a conventional bridge in place can wash out. If filtration happens, it will allow bacteria to get in and you can have an infection.
An implant bridge provides an aesthetic, comfortable and functional solution. It will help you bite and chew normally again. When fitting a traditional bridge, the adjacent natural teeth are drilled down. The implant bridge is set over the implants so adjacent teeth aren't affected. Because dental implants integrate with the jawbone, this helps keep the bone intact and healthy.
Conventional dentures apply chronic pressure to the underlying bone. This contributes to bone deterioration. Sometimes the clasps on these dentures are often visible. Because of the pressure on your natural teeth, they will loosen over time.
Conventional Bridge Vs Implant-Supported Bridge
The implant bridge feels like natural teeth and should be cleaned like them. The Implant bridge is comfortable. They feel more secure than a removable partial denture which only rests over the gums. You will be able to speak clearly and chew food with confidence.
A common bridge will affect the adjacent teeth sooner or later. The contact pressure and the fact they had to be drilled down can affect them. In some cases, root canals could be necessary. After a while, you will need to extract those teeth and replace with implants. An implant bridge is a cost-effective solution that can last a lifetime.
Maybe you do not need a bridge and you need full mouth implants, in that case, you need the All-On-4 or All-On-6. Learn more about that treatment clicking here.