An implant supported bridge uses false teeth (pontics) attached to dental implants in the jawbone and crowns attached to the false teeth to go over natural teeth (abutment teeth), which anchor the bridge in place. Since fixed bridges are held in place by dental implants and anchoring crowns, an implant supported bridge is a durable solution to several missing teeth. Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Roberto Porras of Texas Periodontal Associates in Houston uses the highest-quality dental implants and natural-looking bridges that are custom made for each patient to best restore their missing teeth and make their smile great again. Once a fixed bridge is in place, patients will find it easier to speak and chew since thanks to their mouth restoration.
Implant Supported Bridge Reviews
"The Implant was absolutely painless. The only draw back was after my appt was scheduled I was phoned and told it had to be rescheduled for a 1/2 hour later and then when I got there I had to wait another 45 minutes. For a scaredy cat that was not conducive to wanting to stick around for the surgery. Still because I did so well I would recommend this over a bridge. In fact I have recommended him already to a few people. "- P. / Demandforce / Jan 30, 2013
Reasons for Implant Bridges
- To replace missing teeth
- To restore appearance and function
- For a long lasting solution
- To blend with the natural teeth
On the first visit, the patient will be given local anesthesia to numb the areas of the mouth being worked on as the dental implants are attached to the jawbone and the anchoring teeth are filed down to prepare them for the crown. A mold of the teeth will be made so a dental laboratory can create a custom bridge that matches the patient’s natural teeth. Temporary teeth are placed over the dental implants for 2 – 6 months as the implants bond with the bone and tissue. Once the implants are strong enough, the custom bridge is placed by attaching the false teeth to the dental implants and covering the surrounding teeth with the crowns attached to the false teeth.
The doctor will give each patient instructions on dealing with any pain after the procedures and long-term care for the implant bridge. Like other dental implants, fixed bridges should be cared for like the natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and the use of an antibacterial mouthwash. Patients should continue to go to their dentist for regular dental exams and cleanings to keep their implant bridge healthy.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,600 - $36,000
- Recovery Time
- 48 hours
- Follow Up Time
- 7-10 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
A Solution for Missing Teeth
Implant supported bridges, also known as fixed bridges or partial implants, provide a long lasting solution for missing teeth without the hassle of a removable bridge. An implant bridge looks and feels like natural teeth without any special care so chewing, speaking, and appearance can be greatly improved.