The traditional way to replace missing teeth adjacent to each other is to have a fixed dental bridge. This is supported by your natural teeth that are ground down and crowned in order to support the replacement teeth. In certain circumstances, fixed bridges are still a good solution. The problem is they rely on your natural or abutment teeth being strong and healthy enough to support a bridge. Also, removing any sort of healthy tooth structure increases the risk of infection and decay in these teeth. A fixed bridge might not always be the best solution. An implant-supported bridge can be a more conservative treatment choice. This is especially when natural teeth are no longer present or are not strong enough to support a bridge. This is why we offer Implant-supported Bridges.
How Do Implant-Supported
All the treatment required to plan and fit an implant-supported bridge can be carried out at our comfortable and well-equipped Chicago and Orland Park, IL dental offices. To fit an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Anil K. Agarwal will need to insert dental implants into your jawbone. This is where they must fuse with the surrounding bone until they become strong enough to support your new bridge. Just like an ordinary bridge supported by natural teeth, an implant bridge will consist of crowns. These crowns fit over dental implants and which attach to replacement or artificial teeth. Dentist call each of these artificial teeth a pontic.
Will My Implant-Supported Bridges
Look and Feel Natural?
The high degree of care and precision employed during this treatment will ensure that you can enjoy having teeth that are immediately comfortable and fully functional. In order to do this, Dr, Agarwal will plan your implant surgery extremely carefully. He does this using advanced diagnostics and computer-guided implant surgery. This is vital when fitting an implant-supported bridge. Our dentist will then optimally insert dental implants at exactly the right angle and location to ensure perfect results.
We use exactly the same high degree of care when custom-making your bridge and Dr. Agarwal collaborates closely with our dental laboratory to ensure the aesthetics are absolutely perfect. Our dental lab only uses the highest quality materials including advanced porcelains that look incredibly natural. These porcelains are able to closely replicate the liveliness and translucency found in natural teeth. This is so your new implant-supported bridge will blend in beautifully with your existing teeth. Your new implant supported bridge may be screwed or cemented in place. We sometimes choose to screw a bridge into place as this allows us to easily retrieve the bridge for cleaning and maintenance. We then cover up the screw holes with tooth-colored composite so there is no need to worry that they will be visible
What Are the Main Benefits of Choosing
There are several clear benefits in choosing an implant-supported bridge over more traditional ways of replacing missing teeth.
- Instead of supporting the bridge with your natural teeth, the bridge is supported by dental implants, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits of having a healthy and fully restored smile and teeth that are stable and strong
This means your natural teeth can remain fully intact as they will not need to be shaped for crowns
- If, or when you need to replace the implant bridge, potentially fewer teeth will be involved than opting for a traditional bridge, which helps to reduce the cost
- Dental implants protect your jawbone against bone loss, as artificially replacing your tooth root will provide stimulation to the jaw ensuring old bone cells continually renew
- An implant-supported bridge will fully restore your smile, providing the perfect amount of support for your cheeks and lips and restoring your facial dimensions
Am I Suitable for
In order to be suitable for this treatment, you need to have good oral health and to have good general health. Your missing teeth should be consecutively located and your jaw needs to have a certain amount of healthy bone. Dr. Agarwal will need to know your medical history and he will take detailed digital dental x-rays as well as a cone beam CT scan that produces 3-D images of your jaw. If you do not currently have sufficient bone for implant-supported bridges then there is no need to worry. We can restore your bone strength with sophisticated bone grafting procedures or a sinus lift. We can complete all your treatments in our comfortable dental offices in Chicago and Orland Park, IL.
If you are interested in finding out more about implant-supported bridges and how treatment could help you, contact Winterset Dental Care today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Agarwal. He will be able to explain this advanced dental implant treatment in far greater detail, based on your current dental and medical health. Winterset Dental Care also offers several financing options to comfortably spread the cost of dental implants.
Dr. Anil K. Agarwal has been a Board-Certified Prosthodontist for more than thirty years. He earned his DDS in 1974 from King George’s Medical School and went on to complete a residency in Prosthodontics at Northwestern University. Dr. Agarwal earned both Fellowship and Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral ImplantologistsCongress of Oral Implantologists, and has Fellow status in the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Osseointegration.