The Smiles by Myles team in Reston offers a variety of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services in a state-of-the-art, family-friendly dental office. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, our team is here to help with comprehensive restoration options, including dental implant-supported tooth replacements.
Following the loss of one or more teeth, we encourage patients to call us right away to schedule a tooth replacement consultation. We’ll partner with you to plan for treatment to restore your smile to full, healthy function. For those who are missing two or more consecutive teeth, we will more than likely recommend a dental implant-retained bridge in our Reston, VA office.
What are Implant-Retained Dental Bridges?
A traditional dental bridge is a replacement tooth fused with two dental crowns. The crowns are then attached to healthy teeth on both sides that provide support for the restoration. An implant-retained fixed bridge is similarly crafted. Rather than attaching to healthy teeth, the tooth replacement prosthetic is made to fit over the top of two dental implant posts, one on each end, recreating a healthy tooth structure.
Why Would I Need an Implant Bridge?
Dental implant-supported fixed bridges are usually recommended for patients who need to replace two or more consecutive missing teeth. We may also recommend a series of fixed bridges to restore the smile following more advanced tooth loss, including the replacement of a full row of teeth. Dental bridges supported by precisely placed implants help retain the bite and fill gaps between teeth. Every patient is different, and we’ll create a customized plan to address your unique oral health care needs. We will review your budget and goals as well as your dental history to determine if implant-supported bridges are right for you.
How Do Implant Retained Dental Bridges Work?
The implant-retained fixed bridge process is completed over several steps. The first step is to prepare your smile for restoration. That includes removing any damaged teeth, placing a gum or tissue graft, and renewing your oral health with services like gum disease treatment. Then, we surgically place two dental implant posts. Over the course of a few months, the implants fuse with the gum and bone tissue. Once the implant is firmly set, we’ll design and place your implant-retained dental bridge to fully restore your healthy smile.
What are the Benefits of Implant Bridges?
We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all dentistry, but some of the reasons we frequently recommend implant-retained bridges include:
- Dental implants provide support for the fixed bridge restoration, protecting the remaining healthy teeth and providing the necessary stimulation to preserve supportive bone and gum tissue.
- Traditional bridges need to be replaced every five to ten years, but an implant-retained bridge can last for decades with proper care. In most cases, patients keep their implant bridge for a lifetime.
- You can care for your fixed bridge just like you would your natural teeth, and the flawless, functional restoration will give you the confidence to speak, chew, and smile in any situation.