Implant-Supported Bridges Can Spare Healthy Teeth from Alteration
Missing teeth can significantly impact your oral health, comfort, and facial features. For many years, two or more missing teeth in a row were treated with traditional dental bridges, but this required modifying adjacent natural teeth. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, dental bridges may be attached to dental implants for better oral health and fewer alterations to healthy surrounding teeth. Dr. Stephen J. Malki can provide an implant-supported bridge at his practice serving Bergen County, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To help you cover out-of-pocket costs, Malki Dental offers CareCredit® and affordable financing options.
Preparing Your Smile for Treatment
At your consultation, Dr. Malki will perform a thorough oral health evaluation and take detailed images of your smile. Using this information, he will determine if implants are the right treatment to meet your oral health needs. If so, he will also plan the most advantageous area for implant placement. Additionally, patients with weak jawbone may undergo a bone graft or sinus lift with Dr. Malki. These procedures augment jawbone tissue and improve your eligibility for implant-supported bridges.
On the day of your implant surgery, you will receive a local anesthetic. If you are nervous about your procedure, we can also work with an anesthesiologist to perform deeper level sedation. After you are prepped, Dr. Malki will make small incisions at the gum line and place the implants in the jawbone. He will then suture your gums back together and provide a temporary bridge to be worn until your implants are fully healed.
Receiving Your Permanent Implant-Supported Bridge
Over the next few months, your implants will merge with the surrounding bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. When osseointegration is complete four to six months later, you will come back to our office to receive your permanent bridge. At this time, Dr. Malki will ensure that your restoration matches the shade and shape of your surrounding teeth, and complements your bite patterns. He will then affix the permanent bridge to the implant posts.
Implant-supported bridges offer many unique advantages including stopping jawbone loss and preserving facial structure.
Implant-Retained Bridges vs. Traditional Bridges
Implant-supported bridges offer the patient a number of unique advantages over traditional bridges, including:
- Providing decades of support for your smile
- Not needing to resize adjacent teeth to support the bridge
- Improved confidence while chewing, talking, and laughing because your prosthetic is firmly in place
- An easy at-home hygiene routine that is like just like caring for natural teeth
- Stopping jawbone loss
- Preventing puckered lips, concave cheeks, and other signs of tooth loss
Since the implants are backed with the strength of your jawbone, they provide an unmatched level of reliability and strength to the attached bridge. Additionally, the osseointegrated implant post essentially performs the function of a tooth root. In doing so, the implant stimulates the jawbone and halts the bone loss and structural changes that occur immediately after you lose a tooth.
Start Replacing Missing Teeth Today
Rather than referring you to an oral surgeon, Dr. Malki can complete the entire treatment for an implant-supported bridge in his office. Because Dr. Malki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantologists and other prestigious implant dentistry organizations, you can rest assured that you are receiving high-quality care from a trusted dentist. Find out how an implant-supported bridge can transform your smile. Call us at (201) 646-0800, or make your consultation online.