f you are missing several teeth your speech and chewing function can be can be affected. The implant provides stability and stimulates the surrounding bones to prevent loss. Attached crowns are then fabricated and connected to the implants with a centre crown that sits over the gum. The bridge is long lasting, regardless of the condition of your existing teeth.
Advantages of implant-supported bridges over fixed bridges or removable partial dentures:
Reduced bone loss: Implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, therefore help to save the jawbone. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, bone slowly starts to disappear, and over time it may have an impact on the shape and form of the jaw. Dental implants bond with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
Improved function: Dental implants become part of you as they integrate completely with your jawbone, restoring chewing and biting function. The result is increased comfort and confidence when eating and speaking.
No need for support from neighbouring teeth: Implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth.
Improved dental hygiene: Dental implants, like your natural teeth, need regular brushing, flossing and dental hygiene visits. The cement holding bridges in place can wear off, allowing bacteria to penetrate and cause decays.
Improved appearance: Dental implants are just like your natural teeth – it is hard for anyone to guess that any dental work has been done. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, when the gum has receded after some time you would be able to see the metal margin of the crown.
Multiple Dental Implant Procedure:
Step 1: Some people loose teeth in the back of the mouth. This is typically caused by gum infection or by teeth cracking due to previous fillings.
Step 2: Dentist makes a small incision to access the jawbone. Dentist will then drill a small hole and insert the implants, which look like screws. The incision is closed and 3 – 6 months is given for the bone and implants to bond together. This process is called “osseointegration”. During this period dentist will a temporary teeth replacement options that is purely cosmetic can be used.
Step 3: Abutments are attached to the dental implants. The next step is to fit a bridge; the new set of teeth is placed on the abutments. After the healing period the gum is lifted and the abutments, which are metal posts, are attached to the dental implant. On top of that a temporary bridge is placed.
Step 4: The dental implant bridge is now in place and can withstand the strong chewing forces that occur in the back of the mouth. It feels and functions like natural teeth.