Dental Implant Bridge | Kent WA
“Dental Implant Bridges”
A dental implant bridge can be used to replace as few as 3 missing teeth. Bridge implants are also an option if you are missing all of your teeth. It is not necessary to place an implant for every missing tooth. As few as 2 implants can be placed to support a smaller bridge implant. This can lessen the cost to replace multiple missing teeth.
There are many ways to replace all of your missing teeth with an implant-supported bridge, ranging from traditional grafting techniques to the All-On-4 technique. Typically we can use either your existing bone or replacement “grafted” bone to hold 4-6 implants which support a bridge that is screwed into them. The All-On-4 technique allows us to maximize the use of existing bone by angling the implants without requiring bone grafting procedures.
Once the implants have been placed and healing has occurred, called osseointegration, small connectors, called abutments, are attached to the implants. The final implant bridge is fabricated and then secured to the abutments with screws. This type of prosthesis is fixed in place and can only be removed by a dentist and it is much smaller than a denture.
Lastly, missing teeth and bone structure may result in unwanted changes to your appearance. Your lips can lose support and your cheeks can sink in. Both situations can make a person appear older and can result in wrinkles. Replacing this lost structure with an implant-supported bridge can take years off of your appearance and keep you looking and feeling young!
“You Need a Dental Implant Bridge – Now What?”
Contact us for a free consultation! Dr. Hodges teaches how to design and restore full-arch bridges nationally, and he is one of the most highly experienced doctors in the Seattle area for full-arch “All On 4” dental implant restorations. Upper implants can take 6 months to fuse to your bone, called osseointegration, and lower implants can take 4 months. Implant supported bridges are a very complex procedure so planning and preparation time is required. You may have heard of “Teeth in a Day” but that “Day” is preceded by several weeks of preparation, so the sooner you start treatment the sooner you can look great, feel great, and start eating your favorite foods!
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