What is an implant supported bridge?
Procedure of implant supported bridge placement
After thorough examination of the surrounding structures and the amount of bone available in the jaw bone clinically and with radiographs and other imaging techniques, treatment plan is established.
Implant placement and teeth replacement can be done in two stages or in single stage wherein teeth are replaced on the same day.
Two stage procedure
According to the treatment plan, required numbers of implants are placed in pre-determined places in the jaw bone under local anesthesia.
The implants are covered with cover screws and are allowed to fuse with the surrounding bone. This period can vary between 3-6 months based on the individual's health.
In the second stage, implants are exposed, abutments are fixed and impression is made. Later the bridge is prepared in the lab and is fixed over the abutments covering the implants. Thus the missing teeth are replaced.
Single stage procedure
When the quality and quantity of available in the jawbone is adequate, implants are placed according to the treatment plan and abutments are fixed over them.
Then a temporary bridge or a permanent prosthesis that was pre-fabricated is fixed over these implants. This is called immediate loading and patient can walk out of the clinic with teeth on the same day.
Can all missing teeth be replaced with implants?
Implants can be a ray of hope for patients who would have lost all their teeth but want to get back the comfort and look of firm teeth.
After detailed analysis of the jaw bone with radiographs (X-ray images) scans and analysis of the jaw relations, number and position of implants are decided. Treatment plan is established.
In each arch at least 4- 6 implants are needed to replace all missing teeth.
After implant placement and healing period which might vary between 3-6 months, abutments are fixed and final bridge is custom prepared. This bridge is fixed into patient's mouth thus restoring smile and happiness for the patient along with the comfort and durability of fixed teeth. Implants also prevent bone loss thereby retaining youthful appearance to the patient.