Replacing teeth used to mean only restoring the aspects of your lost tooth that were visible when you smiled. Luckily, we are now able to offer a solution that is much closer to nature, implant-retained fixed bridges. These restorations allow us to repair lost teeth from the roots up, delivering increased stability, longevity, and natural looking and feeling results. When you’re ready to get started with an implant-supported tooth replacement plan in Spring, TX, give our team a call. The Dream Smile Team is here to answer your questions and schedule your tooth replacement consultation to review all of your restoration options.
Dental implants are small posts used to replace the lost roots of teeth. These implant posts can be crafted from a number of materials, but the most effective are titanium and zirconia. Inserted into the gum line, dental implants can be positioned to provide support for any number of replacement teeth. For those patients who have lost two or more teeth in a row, an implant supported fixed bridge is usually recommended. Two implant post are placed to support each end of a row of replacement teeth seamlessly recreating your smile.
If you’ve lost several teeth in a row, you should at least consider an implant-supported fixed bridge restoration. While there are other tooth replacement options available, implant-retained bridges offer the closest to natural end results. Most patients are candidates for implant tooth replacement plans, but before we get started, we’ll need to review your surgical history, past experience with anesthetics, medications, and any allergies or sensitivities to metal. We’ll create a personalized plan that addresses your unique situation and helps to ensure the greatest chances for a successful outcome.
Implant-supported fixed bridges, like other dental implant tooth replacement plans, require a multi-phase treatment plan. The first phase of treatment is preparation. We may need to remove one or more damaged teeth and place bone or soft tissue grafts to ensure the success of your implant bridge. Then, we surgically place the dental implant posts. These replacement tooth roots usually require three to six months to fuse with the supportive tooth structures. Then, we’ll design and place the custom fixed bridge. The whole process can take several months or even a year to complete.
A traditional bridge will typically need to be replaced every five to ten years. An implant-supported bridge can last two decades or longer with proper care. In many cases, you’ll be able to keep the same implant-retained fixed bridge for the rest of your life.
Once your implant supported fixed bridge is in place, you will experience virtually no change in your day-to-day life. You can eat all of your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile confidently in any situation. For the most part, you can continue to care for your smile in the same way, brushing twice a day and flossing at least daily. We may also recommend using an air or water flosser to remove plaque buildup between your fixed bridge and soft tissue.