Implant-supported bridges offer superior durability and oral health benefits compared to traditional dental bridges. While conventional bridges are supported by crowns placed over natural teeth, implant-supported bridges are anchored by small titanium posts embedded into the jawbone. These posts, known as dental implants, provide a stable base for the bridge and maintain the health of your jawbone. At Sandcreek Dental in Idaho Falls, ID, Dr. Mark Tall can use CEREC® technology to craft custom implant-supported bridges in a single visit.
During an initial consultation, Dr. Tall can determine if you are a good candidate for an implant-supported bridge. Ideal candidates have two to three missing teeth in a row, are in good oral and overall health, and do not smoke. In addition, you should not have any medical conditions which could interfere with healing and recovery.
Implant-supported bridges are extremely stable and unlike traditional restorations, maintain the health of the jaw.
Each dental implant must be embedded in strong, healthy bone tissue to create a stable base for the bridge. Dr. Tall will take a cone beam computed tomography (CT) scan of your jawbone to determine if you have sufficient tissue for implant placement. Patients with significant bone loss may need to undergo preparatory procedures before implant surgery. At our practice, Dr. Tall can perform bone grafting or sinus lift procedures for patients who would like to increase their eligibility for dental implants.
In some cases, we can place mini dental implants for patients who lack the bone volume necessary for standard implants. Like their standard counterparts, mini implants are fabricated from surgical-grade titanium. However, they have a smaller diameter, meaning they require less bone tissue for support.
Although local anesthesia is sufficient for some patients, Dr. Tall also offers nitrous oxide sedation. Once you are comfortable, the doctor will make tiny incisions in the gums to access the jawbone.
Using your CT scan, he will determine the most appropriate location for your new dental implants and carefully insert the posts into the jawbone. Finally, he will close the incisions with sutures. We may fit you with a temporary restoration to wear during healing so you will not have a gap in your smile.
Most patients require approximately three to six months of healing time before the final bridge can be attached to the implants. During this time, the tissue in your jawbone will fuse with your implants in a process known as osseointegration. Once the healing period is complete, you will return to our office for the placement of your final dental bridge. Dr. Tall can use CEREC® technology to craft dental bridges in a single visit for your convenience.
Choosing an implant-supported bridge offers a number of advantages, such as:
If you are missing two or more consecutive teeth and are curious about replacement options, consider what an implant-supported bridge could do for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tall. Contact us online anytime or call (208) 525-4780.