An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth.
How does an implant-supported bridge work?
When an implant-supported bridge is placed, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth. Then the crowns are connected to each other to form one piece, allowing for a secure fit for your bridge.
Treatment for a single tooth implant typically involves four appointments, including a preliminary consultation and digital imaging, during which Dr. Dalgliesh will develop a personalized treatment plan for your specific case. We will work together with your dentist or prosthodontist to achieve the most ideal outcome possible.
Your implant-supported bridge will feel more secure and comfortable than a removable partial denture, which rests on the gums. You should be able to chew normal food comfortably, and the bridge should look like the natural teeth it is replacing.
How long does the implant-supported crown procedure take?
The time frame for completing the implant and bridge depends on many factors.
When the traditional method of placing an implant are used, the shortest time frame for a complete implant is about five months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw. This includes surgeries and placing the permanent crown.
However, the process can last a year or more, particularly if bone needs to be built up first.
There are 3 steps to completing the single implant procedure.
- Placing the implant, which is made of titanium, is placed in the upper or lower jawbone.
- The abutment which is attached to the implant with a screw. This part connects the implant to the crown. It is shaped like a natural tooth that has been cut down to receive a crown.
- The restoration – this is your crown, or your new artificial tooth. The crown is screwed or cemented onto your abutment.
What if I require a bone graft?
Single tooth implant insertion is a surgical procedure and typically involves both preparation of the bone and insertion of the titanium post.
Sometimes, placement of a bone graft is needed to prepare the bone for the implant.
Bone grafts can be obtained either from donor bone, or from your own bone. If a bone graft is required, this will typically be placed first and allowed to heal for a period of 3-6 months, after which the implant insertion is scheduled. Once your bone has fused with or grown onto the surface of the implant, a dental crown attached to the implant, can be made by your dentist or prosthodontist.