Implant Supported Crown and Bridge – Bellevue, WA
A Permanent Solution for Several Missing Teeth
Dental implants aren’t only the ideal replacement for a single tooth. They can also be part of a prosthetic designed to substitute for multiple missing teeth. If your tooth loss involves two to four consecutive teeth, then dental implants in Bellevue can be used to support a crown and bridge for a comfortable and natural looking smile.
What Is an Implant Supported Crown and Bridge?
Bridges have been used for many years to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. A traditional bridge is comprised of replacement teeth that are fused to two dental crowns—one on both sides of the false teeth. The crowns are then attached to nearby healthy teeth in order to hold the bridge in place.
An implant-retained bridge works similarly with one significant difference—the dental crowns are mounted on top of dental implants instead of two healthy teeth.
Dr. Preet places the implants in your jawbone alongside the gap in your smile. Once the implants and surrounding bone tissue have integrated, the bridge’s crowns are attached to the implants’ abutments—small connectors that secure the bridge to the implanted posts—and your smile is complete.
Are You a Candidate for an Implant Supported Crown and Bridge?
Most people qualify to have dental implants. However, an implant-supported bridge requires not just one but two implanted posts. Therefore, the dentist in Bellevue will want to make sure that your jaw is strong and that there is sufficient bone volume to support implants. An oral examination and digital X-rays will help to determine this.
Also, a patient with any type of dental implant must agree to maintain exceptional oral hygiene. An implant-supported crown and bridge is a permanent fixture in your mouth that needs cleaning just like your natural teeth. Regular checkups are important, too.
What is the Process for Getting an Implant Supported Crown and Bridge?
Over the course of several months, you’ll need to schedule a few visits with your implant dentist. Once the dental implants are placed, three to six months are usually required for healing. During this time, the implants integrate in your jaw to form a solid foundation for the bridge.
The last step is attaching the customized crown and bridge to the implants. With proper oral hygiene care at home and regular dental checkups, your implant-supported bridge can last for decades, and you will be able to smile and eat all the foods you enjoy.