An Implant-Supported Bridge Offers Durable Tooth Replacement
If you have lost two or more teeth in a row, the gap left behind in your smile can not only be embarrassing. It can also further jeopardize your oral health. An implant-supported bridge can restore the natural function and appearance of your smile, while also helping to prevent further tooth loss. At Oral Surgery Associates, our skilled team of doctors uses the latest technology and can perform every aspect of your treatment at our Monroe, LA-area offices.
Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Bridges
Traditional bridges are made up of one or more pontics, or false teeth, which are connected to two dental crowns. These crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap and secured using dental cement. Traditional bridges only replace the visible portion of the tooth.
Implant-supported bridges also use pontics, however, they are attached to dental implants instead. These small posts are embedded into the jaw, meaning implant-supported restorations replace the entire tooth structure.
Unlike a traditional bridge, implant-supported restorations leave healthy adjacent teeth fully intact.
Advantages of an Implant-Supported Bridge
An implant-supported bridge can provide several additional benefits compared to a traditional bridge, such as:
- Prevention of Jawbone Atrophy
- Your implant posts will act as artificial tooth roots, continuing to stimulate the jawbone. This will prevent the tissue from receding, which often contributes to further tooth loss.
- Preservation of Natural Tooth Structure
- Since an implant-supported bridge uses posts to secure your restoration, the doctor does not need to alter the structure of otherwise healthy teeth to place dental crowns.
- Greater Durability
- Traditional bridges typically last about five to seven years. An implant-supported bridge better distributes the force on your restoration, causing less stress and wear. Additionally, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
Our team strongly believes in patient education. We can provide you with any information you need to help you make the most informed treatment decision.
Are You a Candidate?
While we highly recommend implant-supported restorations, not every patient is a candidate. If you have suffered jawbone atrophy, which commonly occurs shortly after a tooth falls out or is extracted, you may no longer have sufficient jawbone tissue to support dental implants. However, our doctors can perform bone grafting to supplement the recessed tissue and improve your candidacy.
An implant-supported bridge can restore the natural function and appearance of your smile, while also helping to prevent further tooth loss.
Investing in Your Oral Health
Typically, a dental bridge is covered by insurance. However, dental implants are not. While you may be apprehensive to receive an implant-supported bridge due to the additional cost of implants, we encourage you to view this treatment as an investment in your oral health. Additionally, we accept financing through CareCredit® which offers manageable payment plans to help you afford treatment.
Advanced Care for High-Quality Results
Do not struggle with the side effects of tooth loss. An implant-supported bridge can allow you to eat, speak, and smile confidently again. Schedule your consultation online, call us at (318) 388-2621 to reach our Monroe office, or reach out to our Ruston office. We believe that every patient deserves personalized treatment enhanced by the latest technology and techniques. Our team is dedicated to delivering personalized care to help improve your quality of life.