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Are You a Candidate for an Implant Bridge? Assessing Eligibility

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If you are seeking an effective dental implant treatment for yourself or a loved one, the first step you can take is to assess what procedure suits you the best. In this blog, we will provide you with essential details about who could be considered an ideal candidate for an implant bridge.

This will help you make a better decision and provide you with the basics to help you in your upcoming appointment with a qualified dentist. A better understanding of the parts can lead to a more productive conversation during this consultation. 

Let’s dive into the particulars of this treatment.

What is an Implant Bridge?

The implant bridge treatment is a type of dental restoration treatment that seeks to restore teeth that are lost or affected. This treatment can also artificially restore whole arches of teeth. These are quite similar to traditional bridges but offer much more benefits. 

The main feature of the implant bridge, as compared to its traditional counterpart, is that the restored arch of teeth is supported by the implants rather than the teeth themselves. 

The bridge consists of several parts. The implant is built with a combination of three main structural components. The first is the implant or post itself, which acts as the root and will be drilled into the jawbone to be the foundation for the other components. These are usually built with titanium, which is a biocompatible metal (your body will not react adversely against it and will welcome it)

The middle part is the abutment, a structural connecting piece that will join the implant post and the crown. A short and wide screw, it extends slightly through the gumline. These are generally made of a metal or tooth-colored material. 

The final part is the crown. This is the most visible part of the implant. An implant bridge can support a whole arch of artificial teeth.  

The Implant Bridge Treatment

The process of getting an implant bridge consists of many factors. We have distilled them down for you. 

The procedure is initiated with a consultation with a qualified dentist. Make sure that you consult with a dentist with extensive experience with implant bridge placement. During the consultation the dentist needs some information from you to help him with the assessment. They also need the information to decide whether you are suitable for this treatment. 

The dentist will need a better picture of your oral health. They will use advanced technology such as X-rays or CBCT scans to make impressions of your mouth so they can evaluate your jawbone, gums, and existing teeth.

After the consultation and suitability have been confirmed, a diagnostic phase will commence. The dentist will compile all the information, scan, and build a customized treatment plan. They will make a timeline for the whole procedure. This is also when they determine the number of dental implants that will suit your case perfectly. 

Post-surgery your dentist might advise you to only eat soft foods and to avoid any hard foods like nuts and candy. For the next couple of months, your implants will undergo osseointegration, a biological process where the body strongly fuses with the artificial prosthesis. This process is where the implant will derive the bulk of its strength from. 

Benefits of Implant Bridges

The benefits of implant bridges are numerous and include upgrades to both aesthetic and functional aspects.

A secure fit: Traditional bridges can offer an uncomfortable experience. They can slip and slide inside the mouth and, in some cases, also cause slight pain. The implant bridges are fixed through osseointegration directly to the jawbone. This strong fusion can make the implant almost as secure as natural permanent teeth.

They can preserve bone quality: When the tooth socket is not in use due to missing teeth, it isn’t getting the level of stimulation required to stay healthy, causing the bone to degrade. This is one of the common causes of increased bone degradation. When the implant bridge is installed, the tooth sockets are stimulated again, preventing degradation. 

Can restore the contours of your face: One of the biological functions of our teeth is to support our facial structures. This is why the facial contours of people suffering from missing teeth can have a ‘sunken’ appearance. The implant bridge can restore this facial structure and provide a youthful look.

Upgraded ‘bite’: The implant bridge can help you regain after the osseointegration process has finished, almost similar bite force as your natural teeth had. This means that you would be able to eat hard foods like nuts and candy again. 

Are you a Candidate for Implant Bridges?

A qualified dentist will assess whether you are a good candidate for implant bridges. These are the criteria he will use:

Density and volume of the jaw bone: A sufficient quality of bone is required for this procedure and a deteriorated one can hamper the process by compromising implant success rate. For the implant to be strong, the bone must also be strong. There are ways to mitigate this like bone-grafting, a process where the insufficient bone is replaced with other alternatives. 

Good general health: This means some conditions can add more complications to the process. These can include diabetes or cardiovascular diseases. Patients with overall good general health have a greater chance of a better surgery outcome. It’s always wise to have a prior conversation with the dentist about your medical history so they can assess the best direction.

Oral health and hygiene: The oral health of the patient can have a sizable impact on the process. Oral conditions that can complicate the surgery process can include active periodontal disease or any existing oral health concerns that the dentist will have assessed. Good oral hygiene is necessary for this process, which can lead to implant failure if ignored. 

If you are suffering from conditions like the ones mentioned above, it is generally a good idea to get those treated before you opt for implant bridges.

Conclusion

In this blog, we provided a fundamental introduction to implant bridges. We talked about their benefits and what determines one’s suitability for treatment. If you are looking for more information or just want to discuss implant bridges with a qualified dentist, call us or visit the  Naples Implant Clinic, a premier clinic located in Naples, Florida. We can offer free consultations with a skilled staff of professionals with extensive experience with implant bridges.

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