Implant supported bridges
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.