Implant-supported Fixed Bridge Candidate By Joe McIntyre, DDS on January 30, 2020

Graphic shows two dental implants supporting a false toothThe doctors of Smiles for Life in Harrisonburg, VA, are proud to offer advanced solutions for tooth loss. If you are not satisfied with the performance of your bridge or you are about to undergo multiple tooth extractions, our doctors can fit you with a quality implant-supported bridge. To help our patients understand who is a candidate for an implant-supported bridge, we offer this overview.

Medical Considerations

If you are seeking the restoration of normal oral function through the placement of dental implants, one of our doctors will need to determine if you are a good candidate. Poor oral health, tobacco use, and jawbone atrophy are leading risk factors for implant failure. To ensure that your implants do not cause unwanted side effects or complications, you may need to have one or more of these issues addressed before you can become a candidate for implant placement at our Harrisonburg dental practice.

Tobacco use can raise your risk of infection following oral surgery. Smoking is also known to reduce jawbone density. Tobacco users may be asked to cease use of those products for a period of time before and after implant placement. If you are not in optimal oral health, you may need to undergo one or more restorative treatments to address gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems.

Finally, if the loss of jawbone density puts you at an elevated risk of implant failure, you may require bone graft surgery to restore density and structure to your jaw.

Who Are Good Candidates for an Implant-supported Fixed Bridge?

There are many reasons why you may be a great candidate for an implant-supported fixed bridge. If you are missing several consecutive teeth and have never had a prosthetic placed, you may experience impeded chewing abilities and sunken-in cheeks. Gaps in your smile also place you at risk for oral health problems like teeth drifting out of place.

Following tooth loss, dental implants can prevent the loss of bone mass. Tooth roots act as natural stimulators that promote bone growth. Once your tooth is lost, the surrounding bone tissue is no longer stimulated and bone atrophy can result.

Many candidates already have a traditional bridge and desire the life-changing benefits of dental implants. A traditional bridge can put stress on the anchoring teeth that support the restoration. Implant-retained bridges do not require the support of nearby teeth. If you are looking for a long-term solution to tooth loss, you may be a good candidate for an implant-retained bridge.

If you are about to undergo multiple tooth extractions, this may be the time to consider having one or more dental implants placed. By placing implants soon after your teeth are extracted, you can prevent the loss of jawbone density. Scheduling your implant placement soon after your extraction procedure enables us to address your tooth loss immediately.

Contact Our Office Today

There are many benefits of an implant-retained bridges. If you are seeking your first restoration or a replacement for a traditional bridge, our doctors will be glad to explain the many benefits of dental implant technology.

Our office offers three forms of sedation that allow you to relax through your oral surgery. To schedule your next visit, contact our office online or call (540) 828-2312.

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The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including: 

  • Medicare 
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To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.

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