Implant Supported Bridges

Dental Implant Bridgework is a highly recommendable solution for patients with a few missing teeth in a row. 

Bridges Supported with Dental Implants: Replace multiple Teeth in one go

Having worked on thousands of missing teeth cases, we know that multiple tooth loss is a common dental concern in the UK, especially with rear or molar teeth. Like many of our past patients, do you hate your gaps? Want to eat freely again? Then, instead of opting for regular, unreliable bridgework why not choose implant-supported bridges? They can replace up to three missing teeth in a row, using just one or two dental implants, saving you time and money. Plus, you can rely on the stability and longevity that dental implant treatment offers.

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When might you need an implant-supported bridge:

  • For individual tooth loss: Single implants
  • Missing teeth in a row: Implant-support bridge
  • Missing teeth (in various locations): Multiple implants

You’ll be the perfect candidate for implant-supported bridges, for example, if you have two missing teeth next to each other but still have teeth remaining on either side of the gap.

Rather than using individual implants to replace each tooth, patients can instead use one implant to replace two, as the implant acts as an anchor for a prosthetic like a crown. This method can help patients save money.

The procedure will involve supporting one or more crowns on a minimum of two anchor points, which can be a dental implant, or an existing tooth.

How do implant bridges compare to traditional bridges?

Well, for a start, implant-supported bridges are better for your oral health. The bone is also better preserved as the dental implants replace tooth roots. In the case of traditional fixed bridges, some of the bone surrounding your natural tooth root can be resorbed and deteriorate over time.

In this case, dental implants integrate with the jawbone and help keep it healthy and intact. They also cause no additional damage to otherwise healthy teeth, unlike traditional bridgework, which requires neighbouring teeth to be filed down and replaced with crowns.

On top of this, the cement holding bridges in place can wash out, which allows bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.

The implant-supported bridge procedure

Implants, which are titanium screws, are placed into your jaw. Following the implantation, a minimum of three months is required for the implant and bone to bond. Our implant dentists can place temporary teeth worn over the implant sites to replace gaps during the healing period.

The procedure’s second stage is to uncover the implants and attach the extensions. These small metal posts are called abutments and are used to fix the crown to the implant. Following this stage, the gums require a further few weeks of healing before the final restoration.

The most obvious limitation of an implant-supported bridge is the length of time it can take for all stages of the procedure to be completed.

The cost for some can also be another drawback, but it is worth it in the opinion of our prosthetic dentists when comparing implants to alternative missing teeth treatments.

Despite these downfalls, many of our patients find that the advantages of this treatment far outweighs the cons. Implant-supported bridges do not require any alteration of natural teeth and hold a bridge so much more securely.

The extra security means that the implant feels and functions just like natural teeth would and are just as easy to care for.

Implant Dentist Dr Gurs Sehmi

BDS B.Sc (Kings College London) | GDC No. 103934

Dr Sehmi has been fitting dental implants since 2010 and has vast experience with various systems. Dr Sehmi will use his skill and experience to recommend the best implant system for you and your mouth to get you the best possible end result.

Book a consultation to discover which multiple missing teeth treatment will be best

The world of restorative dentistry and implantology can be confusing.

Trust The Perfect Smile Dental’s experience and expertise in implant dentistry. Our incredible dentists, like Dr Sehmi, will assess your oral state and recommend the most suitable implant treatment, with even your budget considered.

We’ll even walk you through alternative options so you can leave the consultation fully informed of all the treatments that are suitable to replace your unique tooth loss case.