Implant­-Supported Bridges Can Restore Your Smile and Dental Function

illustration of an implant-supported bridgeHigh-quality implant­-supported bridges are available at Dr. Wesley O. Lynch’s dental practice in Ruston, LA, so you can replace missing teeth, restore form and function, and improve your appearance. This type of restoration is custom-made to blend with the natural size, shape, and color of your existing teeth without damaging adjacent remaining teeth. As a restorative treatment, implant-supported bridges offer unrivaled, permanent support and provide other significant benefits.

Traditional vs. Implant-supported Bridges

A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row by filling the gap left behind. A traditional bridge is typically made of porcelain and supported by your remaining teeth. This restoration is made of multiple crowns that are fused together, and is designed to cover the teeth on either side of the gap. These surrounding teeth will be altered to provide support for your restoration.

An implant-supported bridge can also made of porcelain, but rather than using your remaining teeth to anchor the device, it is held in place by dental implants. These titanium posts can provide superior support without damaging adjacent teeth. In addition to restoring the dental function and appearance of your smile, an implant-supported bridge can strengthen your jawbone and protect your overall oral health by sending vital regenerative signals to your jawbone.

Dental Implants Treatment Procedure

The first step in receiving an implant-supported bridge is meeting with Dr. Lynch to discuss your goals. During your private consultation, he will customize a treatment plan, review the costs involved, and refer you to a qualified oral surgeon to place the dental implants.

At the dental implant procedure, your oral surgeon will first administer anesthesia to provide optimal comfort. Once you are comfortable, they will surgically place the dental implants into your jawbone. In most cases, it will take about four to six months for the implants to properly fuse with your jawbone, during which time you can wear a temporary restoration. This healing period is crucial in creating a strong foundation for your implant-supported bridge.

Dr. Lynch and your oral surgeon will monitor you closely during that time to ensure everything is healing smoothly. Once you have fully recovered, Dr. Lynch and his team will take impressions of your jaw and smile for your customized dental bridge to be designed. In about two to three weeks, he can permanently attach your unique bridge.

An implant-supported bridge can be cared for the same as you would your own teeth.

Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge

A dental bridge supported by dental implants provides several benefits to a patient interested in replacing multiple missing teeth:

  • Long-lasting results
  • Prevents shifts in other teeth
  • Restores ability to eat, speak, and chew normally
  • Provides support and strength without damaging remaining teeth
  • Prevents jawbone recession and further tooth loss
  • Natural-looking aesthetics
  • Boosts self-confidence

An implant-supported bridge can be cared for the same as you would your own teeth. You simply need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, and visit our team every six months. These habits can prevent tooth decay, further tooth loss, and extend the life of your restoration.

Restore Your Smile

Contact our team online or call our office at (318) 251-0163 today to schedule your dental bridge consultation. We look forward to helping you restore your smile and dental function.

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