Following the loss of two or more teeth in a row, the team of professionals at Rigdon Dental & Associates can offer a range of treatment options to put the smile back on your face quickly, including dental implant supported bridges. We know that the tooth loss and replacement process can be stressful, but our Tulsa dentist and team are here to fully restore your smile from the roots up. When you're ready to find out more, call our dentist and team to schedule your tooth replacement consultation today. We look forward to helping you reclaim the healthy, beautiful smile of you deserve.
A traditional fixed bridge is used to replace one or more teeth in a row. The replacement tooth or teeth are fused on both sides to dental crowns that are then affixed to healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. These restorations seamlessly bridge the gap in your smile, delivering flawless, functional results.
To place a traditional bridge, we'll need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to accommodate the additional structure of the bridge. To protect the surrounding oral structures, we can also offer an implant supported fixed bridge. These restorations are crafted much like the traditional bridge, but rather than attaching to teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, they are attached to two dental implant posts, one at each end, that provide natural support. The replacement process can take several months. We start by preparing your smile with tooth extraction, tissue grafts, and other treatments to maximize chances for successful implantation. Then, we surgically place the implant posts. Once the posts have fused with your supportive bone and gum tissue, we will design and place your custom fixed bridge.
If you still don't feel certain that dental implant supported tooth replacement is right for you, our team will happily review your options and help you determine whether or not this is the best solution for your unique situation. Some of the many benefits of dental implant supported fixed bridge tooth replacement include the following:
- Because the dental implant posts mimic the tooth's roots and provide support for the fixed bridge, you don't need to worry about negatively impacting your surrounding teeth and oral structures. Instead, your implant bridge is fully self-supporting, and the implant posts provide the stimulus necessary to maintain healthy supportive tissue.
- Once in place, your implant bridge will last two decades or longer with proper care compared with just seven to ten years for traditional bridges.
- Implant bridges are easily cared for at home. Brush them twice a day like natural teeth. We may need to offer some guidance on how to floss around the implant bridge, but otherwise, you'll be able to easily maintain at-home hygiene.