Implant-Supported Bridges

The New Dental Skyline: Implant-Supported Bridges Unveiled

Say goodbye to gaps and hello to a seamless smile with implant-supported bridges. These innovative dental marvels combine the strength of implants with the beauty of custom-crafted crowns, giving you a full, functional set of teeth that look and feel like your own.

To learn more about implant-supported bridges, contact our Knoxville dentist today at (865) 687-8670 to schedule an appointment.

What Are Implant-Supported Bridges?

Implant-supported bridges are restorations that use dental implants to support a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces one or more lost teeth. The dental bridge is anchored to the jawbone using dental implant posts.

A dental implant bridge has four parts:

  1. Titanium Posts: These are the base of your restoration. They’re surgically placed into the jawbone and act as a natural tooth root, stimulating the jawbone.
  2. Abutment: A small metal connector is attached to the implant posts.
  3. Porcelain Dental Crown: Dental crowns are customized restorations placed over the abutments to give you a natural-looking smile.
  4. Pontic Teeth: The prosthetic teeth are cemented to the neighboring porcelain dental crowns.

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Types of Implant Bridges

There are various implant-supported restorations, including:

  1. Fixed implant-supported bridge: A type of bridge that’s permanently attached to dental implants. It can’t be removed by the patient and is designed to function and feel like natural teeth.
  2. Removable implant-supported bridge: This type of dental bridge is designed to be removed by the patient for cleaning and maintenance. It’s attached to the implants with connectors that can be easily unscrewed.
  3. Full arch implant-supported bridge: This type of bridge is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper and lower jaws. It’s anchored to several dental implants and is a good option for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth in one arch.
  4. Partial arch implant-supported bridge: A dental bridge used to replace several teeth in a row. It’s anchored to two or more dental implants and can be used to replace a small section of lost teeth.
  5. Hybrid implant-supported bridge: Combines the benefits of a fixed and removable bridge. It’s designed to be permanently attached to the implants but can be removed by the dentist for maintenance and cleaning.

Implant-Supported Bridge Benefits

Benefits of an implant-supported bridge include:

  • Provides a permanent restoration solution to missing teeth
  • Doesn’t rely on the support of other adjacent teeth, which means it doesn’t put additional stress on healthy teeth
  • Can prevent further tooth loss
  • Looks and feels like natural teeth
  • Restores a patient’s ability to eat and speak normally
  • Patients can achieve a natural appearance and a boost in self-confidence

Cons of Implant-Supported Bridges

As with any other tooth replacement, there are a few drawbacks patients should be aware of. The cons of implant-supported bridges can include:

  • More invasive and expensive procedure compared to traditional dental bridges
  • The healing process can take several months
  • Risks of implant failure or infection
  • Patients need adequate jawbone density and good overall oral health
  • Not recommended for patients who have active periodontal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or other medical conditions that may impact healing

Candidacy for Implant-Supported Bridges

To qualify for implant-supported bridges, you need adequate jawbone density and good overall oral health. Ideal candidates should also be non-smokers, as smoking can increase the risk of implant failure. An implant bridge isn’t recommended for patients who have active periodontal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or other medical conditions that may impact healing.

Costs of Implant-Supported Bridges

The cost of an implant-supported bridge can vary from $5,000 to $15,000. Your cost will vary depending on various factors, including:

  • Number of Implants: The cost will depend on how many dental implants are needed to support the bridge. Typically, each missing tooth that needs to be replaced with an implant-supported bridge requires an individual implant. The more implants required, the higher the cost.
  • Type of Material: The materials used for the bridge can affect the cost. Options include porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of materials. High-quality materials may be more expensive but can also offer better aesthetics and durability.
  • Geographic Location: The cost of dental procedures can vary significantly depending on where you live. Dental services tend to be more expensive in urban areas and regions with a higher cost of living.
  • Dentist’s Experience: The experience and expertise of the dentist or oral surgeon performing the procedure can impact the cost. More experienced professionals may charge higher fees.
  • Additional Procedures: Sometimes, patients may require additional procedures before or during implant placement, such as bone grafting or sinus lifts. These procedures can add to the overall cost.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Implant-Supported Bridges Right for You?

If you’re missing multiple teeth, it’s time to find a dentist with the best replacement treatment option. To learn more about dental implant-supported bridges, contact our Knoxville dentist. We’ll help you better understand your treatment options to improve your oral health and your smile’s appearance. We proudly serve patients in Amherst, Marble City, and West Knoxville.