Implant-supported bridges are sometimes recommended to restore multiple missing or failing teeth in a row. They’re an alternative to individual implants or traditional bridges.
Traditional bridges consist of a replacement tooth or teeth, usually with crowns on either end, which are anchored to your existing teeth on either side of the gap. With traditional bridges, your dentist may need to cut into healthy teeth either side of your missing teeth. They also don’t prevent bone loss, which commonly happens when you lose a tooth.
With an implant-supported bridge, implants are first placed into the jawbone. Once the implants have fused with the bone, abutment posts are then attached to the implant. After a further healing period, the bridge is placed on top of the implants which secures the solution in place.
Treatment time usually takes four or five months but varies from one person to another. You may need some supporting treatment done before you have an implant-supported bridge, such as a bone graft. If this is needed, your treatment may take longer, possibly between six and eight months.
Sometimes called implant-supported dentures or ‘clip in’ dentures, these are replacement teeth carried on an acrylic base, attached to dental implants. Implant-retained dentures are a solution if you don’t have many natural teeth left, but you do have enough bone to support implants.
Usually, the dentures are fitted with a bar that clips onto your implants. You can still take the denture in and out for cleaning, but it’s more secure than a standard removable denture because of the way they’re clipped on. This means they’re less likely to move around in your mouth and there’s less risk of them falling out when you talk or laugh.
Treatment time for implant-retained dentures is usually between four and seven months but varies depending on your individual needs. First, you’ll have the implants placed and then you’ll need to wait a few months for the implant to heal. During that time, you’ll be given a temporary denture, or you can wear your existing ones if you already have some that are in good condition.
Smile in a day treatment
Sometimes known as teeth in a day or full mouth dental implants, the smile in a day technique is often used for people with little or no teeth and involves replacing missing or failing teeth using a full set of implants, usually in one day. It’s an alternative to having multiple dental implants or a removable denture.
During the procedure, a set of four to six dental implants replace a whole arch of missing teeth. Temporary teeth are attached to the implants, and it’s usually replaced three or four months later with your permanent teeth.
Interested in dental implant treatment?
If you’re interested in having implants placed, get in touch with your local Bupa implant dentist to talk through your options. They’ll help you find the best solution for you.