A “bridge” is a dental prosthesis that replaces one or more teeth, where the placement of two or more implants allows for the replacement of multiple missing teeth. These implants are strategically splinted together, forming a bridge-like structure that provides stable support and functionality.
First Tooth Implant Surgery
Second Tooth Implant Surgery and Crown Placement
Who have at least two missing teeth. Patients should have good oral health and enough tissue in the jawbone to support the titanium rods. If there are any signs of tooth decay or gums need to be treated first. The surgery undertaken if the patient’s teeth and gums are free of issues.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
Implant Supported bridges are ideal in situations when it comes to multiple teeth missing, as they allow for the replacement of more teeth. With implant dentures, 3 to 5 artificial teeth can be supported at once, as they can support more weight than natural teeth, – Infact, a full-arch implant denture can be placed with only 4 to 6 implants!
Some FAQ Questions
What are the side effects of a dental implant?
Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth. However, like any other medical procedure, they have potential side effects. The most common side effect is discomfort and swelling at the implant site, which usually lasts a few days after the surgery. Patients may also experience bruising, bleeding, and tenderness in the gums. In rare cases, nerve damage may lead to tingling or numbness in the lips, chin, or tongue. There may also be an increased risk of infection if the implant site does not heal properly. Other possible side effects include implant failure, rejection, and bone loss around the implant. It is essential to discuss all potential risks and side effects with your dentist before opting for a dental implant.
How do dental implants affect the body?
Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth, but some people may wonder how they affect the body. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone; over time, the bone fuses with the implant, creating a stable foundation for a replacement tooth. This process, known as osseointegration, has positively impacted bone health. Dental implants can improve chewing and digestion by restoring missing teeth, leading to better overall nutrition. They can also enhance speech and self-confidence by providing a natural-looking and comfortable tooth replacement option. In rare cases, there may be an increased risk of infection, but with proper oral hygiene and regular checkups, the risk can be minimised.
What is the average treatment time for dental implants?
The average treatment time for dental implants varies depending on several factors, including the patient’s oral health, the number of implants needed, and the complexity of the procedure. The entire dental implant process can take anywhere from a few months to a year or more. The first step involves thoroughly evaluating the patient’s oral health, including X-rays and impressions, to determine whether they are suitable for implants. The next step involves placing the implant into the jawbone, which can take up to several months for the bone to fuse. Once the implant has integrated with the bone, the dentist will attach an abutment, which connects the implant to the replacement tooth. Finally, the dentist will place the replacement tooth onto the abutment. The process may take longer if the patient requires bone grafting or other additional procedures.
How painful is it to get dental implants?
The pain associated with getting a dental implant varies from person to person and depends on the individual’s pain tolerance and the complexity of the procedure. Some patients may experience discomfort or soreness for a few days following the implant surgery, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. In more complex cases, such as those involving bone grafting or multiple implants, patients may experience more significant pain and discomfort. However, most patients report that any discomfort is manageable and outweighed by the benefits of a fully restored smile.
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