Dental Video: Dental implant bridge restoration procedure

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Narrator: When several neighboring teeth are missing an implant supported bridge is an excellent treatment for replacing them.

Although each case will be different placing an implant supported bridge generally involves several phases. First, we numb the area to make you comfortable. An opening is made in your gums and a chanel for each implant is shaped in the bone. Next, we place the implants into the prepared channels. Sometimes covers are placed on the implants and the gums are stitched closed for healing. In other cases a healing cap or extension is placed on each implant. Then a temporary brige may be placed over the implants or attached to the adjacent teeth. Healing may take several months as the implants become securely fused to the bone. The next phase includes a series of appointments to fabricate your final restoration. If necessary will will first uncover the implants and attach the extensions. Then we generally take impressions and bite registrations of your mouth. The lab uses these materials to make an accurate model of your mouth including the implants. They’ll use the model to create a bridge that precisely fits the implants and your bite. Depending on the circumstances we may have you try in the bridge framework or we’ll try in the final bridge. We check the fit and your bite and when everything is right we’ll attach your beautiful and final bridge.

An implant supported bridge has several advantages. The implants stop the bone loss that occurs when teeth are lost. And, the bridge prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting in the space. And, unlike a traditional bridge there is no need to reduce neighboring teeth. With proper home care and regular checkups your implant can provide a long lasting natural look.