The front teeth play an important role in oral function and appearance. They are used to bite food and are often the primary focus of the smile. When the front teeth are missing, it can make eating difficult and cause patients to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Implant-supported bridges can be used to replace multiple adjacent teeth, restoring dental function and the appearance of the smile.
At Smiles for Life Dental Care in Harrisonburg, VA, our dentists are improving smiles with implant-supported bridges for the front teeth. To find out if implant-supported bridges are right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at our practice.
Why Choose Implant-supported Bridges for the Front Teeth?
Before dental implant-supported bridges, missing front teeth were often replaced with traditional bridges or partial dentures.
Although these options can restore the appearance of the smile, they have some downsides. For example, traditional bridges are attached to healthy teeth and partial dentures are removable and thus not always secure enough for biting.
Because of these downsides, many people want a more permanent and natural feeling restoration. Many of our Harrisonburg patients find that implant-supported bridges offer exactly what they're looking for in replacing their front teeth.
The Treatment Process for Implant-supported Bridges
Implant-supported bridges are made of tooth-colored porcelain and securely placed within the gums and jawbone, allowing them to closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.
The treatment process for implant-supported bridges involves a series of steps. From start to finish, the process can take several months. But given that the process results in permanently replaced teeth, many find the wait is well worth it.
Let's take a closer look at the treatment process for replacing the front teeth with implant-supported bridges.
The Dental Implants Are Placed
Dental implant placement is the first step in implant-supported bridge treatment. Placement requires minor oral surgery. During this surgery, a small incision is made in the gums, and screw-like titanium implants are inserted into the jaw to act as artificial tooth roots.
After the implants are placed, the jaw must be allowed to heal before the implant-supported bridge can be placed. As the jawbone heals around the implants, a bond is formed between the jawbone and implant in a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration may take up to six months to complete. During this time, the gums are typically allowed to heal over the implants.
Abutments Are Attached
Once the bone has healed, the implants will be exposed through a small incision in the gums. Abutments will then be attached to the implants. Abutments are used to connect the implant-supported bridge to the implants.
The Implant-supported Bridge Is Placed
After the abutments are attached, the implant-supported bridge may be secured in the mouth, fully restoring the appearance and function of missing front teeth.
Once the implant-supported bridge is attached to the implants, patients can treat their new restoration as they would their natural teeth. This includes eating their favorite foods and brushing and flossing as they normally would.
Find Out if Implant-supported Bridges Are Right for You
If you are missing two or more front teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be right for you. To find out if you're a candidate, or to learn more about other tooth replacement treatment options available at our Harrisonburg practice, we welcome you to call (540) 828-2312 to schedule a consultation with our team today.