Implant Supported Bridges
Implant Supported Bridges
Implant Supported Bridges Columbus, OH
With a traditional dental bridge, the replacement teeth are fused to two dental crowns, one each side of the required artificial teeth, and then these crowns are glued to the adjoining healthy teeth to hold the bridge in place. An implant supported bridge does not need the support of these two neighboring teeth. The artificial crowns are instead mounted to a dental implant. The implant is positioned in the jawbone in the gap in your smile. If there is not enough jawbone to support the dental implant, the jawbone can be built up with a bone grafting procedure before the actual implant procedure begins. The bridge’s crowns are then attached to abutments or extensions, which serve as small connectors that link the bridge to the implant.
At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our entire team loves helping you develop optimal oral health as well as a functional and healthy smile. Our team uses forward thinking treatments and state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you. Our practice focuses on delivering personal care and developing individual treatment plans based on your unique needs. We emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is important to keep your mouth healthy and how to do it. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of an implant supported bridge for you.
Are You a Candidate for an Implant Supported Bridge?
Most people are qualified to have a single dental implant at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry. Because an implant-supported bridge requires a second implant, we will want to make sure that your jaw is strong enough and that there is adequate bone density. We will conduct an oral examination and capture digital X-rays before we consider the procedure.
Also, you must understand the implant supported bridge will need exceptional oral hygiene. An implant supported bridge will be a permanent prosthetic that must be cleaned just like your natural teeth. Without the attachments to the two neighboring teeth, you can normally floss every day, and the artificial crowns will need to be brushed as well. Regular checkups every six months are strongly encouraged as well.
The Cost of Your Implant Supported Bridge
The cost of your implant supported bridge treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and your personal treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before we begin, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.
Benefits of Implant Supported Bridges
Some of the benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants include:
- No hassle – You will not experience any changes in the way your smile functions or how you care for your teeth. You can simply brush and floss as usual, eat your favorite foods, and talk and smile with complete confidence.
- Improved oral health – With the stimulation from the implant post, you can rely on your dental implants to help you maintain your gum tissue volume and your jawbone density, which means your smile will be healthy and functional for many years to come.
- Long lasting – After placement, your dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime. This is substantially longer than bridges and dentures, which need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
An implant supported bridge does not require any alteration to your natural teeth. The two adjoining teeth do not need to undergo any prep to support the artificial crowns. The dental implants will hold your bridge securely so that it feels and functions just like your natural teeth and is also easy to care for. Dental implants also act as an artificial tooth root, which stimulate the jaw to maintain density and prevent jawbone atrophy. The life expectancy of an implant supported bridge will be far superior to that of a traditional bridge as well. Since we are not putting crowns on two natural teeth the restoration looks even more natural.
The Implant Supported Bridge Procedure
An implant-supported bridge will require several steps of treatment, which usually take about six to nine months. After our initial evaluation has confirmed the necessary bone density, we will surgically place the dental implants into the jawbone beneath the area of tooth loss. After this surgery, the bone tissues need adequate time to grow and fuse with the dental implants in a process called osseointegration.
After the osseointegration is completed, the second step of the treatment is scheduled. During this second procedure we will attach abutments, or extensions, to the implants. After this step of treatment, the gums will again need about two weeks to heal.
The final stage of implant supported bridge restoration involves the actual placement of the custom designed bridge to the implant extensions. A special dental compound is used to bond the dental bridge, with the artificial crowns, to the abutment posts. This secures your new dental bridge so that it becomes like a natural part of your smile.
With continued preventative oral hygiene care at-home and scheduling your regular dental checkups every six months, your implant supported bridge will last for decades, and you will be able to smile and eat all the foods you enjoy. Your smile will be natural, you will have no stability issues with biting, chewing, and speaking, and the artificial root of the implant maintains the health of the jawbone so you will not experience any sagging with your facial structure.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY
Dr. Levy and the staff are wonderful, friendly, caring people. They make you feel calm during what can be a very stressful time. I had a deep cleaning & extraction yesterday and it was painless and quick. I was in and out in just a little over an hour. I received instructions for my aftercare along with the items needed to take care of my mouth. I feel wonderful today, no pain and eating normally. If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, come see Dr. Levy and staff, they will put you at ease and take good care of you!
- Christi L
Everyone made me feel so welcomed even though I was nervous, Dr. Levy was great and informative made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend this office to anyone.
- Dee H.
Affordable Payment Plans
Your smile is an invaluable asset, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it. East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and any paperwork. We work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.
A Mission Statement YOU can Trust for High Quality Periodontal Care
The entire team at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry is focused on providing you with excellence in periodontal and implant care in a concerned, caring, gentle, friendly, and relaxed environment.
Our philosophy of care is multidisciplinary, to create partnerships with your general dentist as well as other dental specialists and provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and care that is available today.
Our team believes that communication is crucial for both you and us, both in written documentation and verbal communication. Value-based decisions are at the cornerstone of our personalized treatment for you. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment that works for your schedule.