An Implant-Supported Bridge Offers Superior Support
If you suffer from missing teeth, Dr. Philip V. Goduco can place an implant-supported bridge at our office in Vernon Hills, IL, to improve your appearance and provide superior functionality and support. Traditional dental bridges are supported by the natural teeth adjacent to your missing teeth. An implant-supported bridge, however, does not rely on the natural teeth for support, which, in turn, improves your oral health and preserves the integrity of your smile.
What is an Implant-supported Bridge?
An implant-supported bridge is a non-removable, stable prosthetic crafted from natural-looking materials. It is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. Unlike a traditional bridge that is affixed to the surrounding natural teeth, an implant-supported bridge attaches to implants that are surgically embedded in the jaw. This restores the missing teeth from root to crown.
Implant-supported restorations actually improve your oral health by preventing the jawbone degeneration that results from missing teeth.
An implant is not always required for each missing tooth. The number of implants you need will largely depend on how many teeth you are missing and the health of your jawbone.
Am I a Candidate for an Implant-supported Bridge?
If you are missing two or more teeth in a row, you may be a candidate for an implant-supported bridge. Dental implants require a strong, dense jawbone. If you do not have adequate tissue to support the implants, you may first need a bone graft or other procedure to qualify for implants.
Any other underlying oral conditions must be addressed prior to dental implant surgery, such as tooth extractions or treatment for periodontal disease. It is recommended that you are in good overall health prior to surgery and that you are committed to proper oral hygiene, including regular check-ups, going forward.
What to Expect During Treatment
The process of receiving an implant-supported bridge can vary slightly between patients but generally includes several phases.
Consultation and Preliminary Treatments
During a consultation with Dr. Goduco, he will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine your candidacy for treatment. He will also discuss your goals and budget with you, so that he can select the most beneficial restoration. If you require additional treatments to qualify for dental implants such as a bone graft, these procedures can be scheduled at this time.
Dental Implant Procedure
Once you are made comfortable with sedation, Dr. Goduco will place your implants during a minor surgery. Over the next three to six months, your implants will fuse with your jawbone, providing a permanent and stable foundation to support your bridge.
Creation and Placement of the Bridge
After your implants are fully integrated with your jawbone, we can take impressions to create your permanent bridge. Once we receive the restoration, you will return to our office and Dr. Goduco will ensure it fits properly, making any needed adjustments for a comfortable bite and perfect fit.
Benefits of an Implant-supported Bridge
Implant-supported bridges are a permanent, non-removable solution for missing teeth. The implants provide a stable foundation which improves both the function and appearance of your smile, making tasks such as chewing and speaking easier and more comfortable.
A permanent bridge can be cared for as easily as you care for your natural teeth. Additionally, dental implants actually improve your oral health by preventing jawbone degeneration and preserving your remaining natural teeth.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation
If you are missing several teeth in a row and are interested in a permanent solution, we can help. Contact Goduco Smiles today to schedule your initial consultation.