Implant Supported Bridges – Williamstown, NJ
Replacing Lost Teeth & Renewing Damaged Smiles
If you’ve lost two or more teeth in a row, the Williamstown, NJ dentist and team at iSmile Dental Arts are here to provide tooth replacement options to recreate your lost tooth structure and restore your natural smile. For consecutive tooth replacement, we will typically recommend a dental implant supported fixed bridge. If you’re interested in learning more about our tooth replacement options and starting with your personalized restoration plan, call our dental office in Williamstown to schedule a consultation appointment today. We’ll walk you through all of your tooth replacement options and create the best treatment plan to achieve all of your oral health care goals.
What are Implant Supported Bridges?
Traditional bridges are used to replace one or more teeth in a row. The restoration is crafted by attaching a dental crown to both sides of the replacement tooth or teeth. Then, the crowns are affixed to teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Once in place, your dental crown supported fixed bridge seamlessly bridges the gap in your smile. When replacing single teeth using implant posts, we position a single implant. Then, we attach a dental crown. For two or more teeth in a row, we will use two dental implants to support a row of replacement teeth, bridging the gap in your smile. The implants are positioned at both ends of the fixed bridge, providing seamless support.
How do Implant Supported Bridges Work?
Like other dental implant supported tooth replacement plans, implant supported fixed bridges are placed over the course of several treatment phases. We’ll begin by preparing your smile as necessary, removing damaged teeth and placing tissue grafts. Once your smile is prepared, we’ll surgical place two dental implant posts. Over the course of the next few months, your dental implants will fuse with supportive bone and gum tissue. Once this fusion process is complete, we’ll design and place your custom fixed bridge restoration.
What are the Benefits of Implant Supported Bridges?
Even though implant supported bridges require an advanced tooth replacement process, these restorations are well worth the added investment. Some of the many benefits of tooth replacement using dental implant supported fixed bridges include:
- Long lasting results up to three decades and longer in some cases
- Natural looking and feeling results that closely mimic your healthy smile
- Self supporting restoration that allows you to preserve the maximum healthy structure and improve oral health
How do I Care for and Maintain Implant Bridges?
After we’ve placed your implant supported dental bridge, you can brush these prosthetic teeth just like you would your healthy smile. You may want to use a softer toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste to avoid excessive wear. You’ll be able to easily floss on either side of the fixed bridge, but some patients have difficulty removing plaque that accumulates around the base of the bridge and below the gum line. Using an air or water flosser can improve your at-home oral hygiene routine.
How Long do They Last?
Traditional dental crown supported fixed bridges only last between five and ten years before they need to be repaired or replaced. An implant supported dental crown, when cared for properly, can last three decades or longer.