How Many Teeth Does an Implant Supported Bridge Have

An implant-supported bridge, in function, is quite like a traditional bridge. The foremost difference is how they are secured. A traditional bridge is supported by the two adjacent teeth, where an implant-supported bridge attaches to tiny titanium posts that are surgically embedded in your jawbone. The number of posts necessary depends on the size of the bridge.


An implant supported bridge can replace multiple teeth. One to eight implants can be placed to support 2-14 artificial teeth on the bridge. Depending on the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced, enough implants will be placed to support the number in the span. Usually, two implant posts can support three to four teeth. Four to six implants can support an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. This restoration is called full mouth dental implants or All on 4.


The Benefits of an Implant Supported Bridge

* It is a permanent restoration that stays fixed in your mouth.
* Biting, chewing, eating, and speaking are all quite natural.
* The implants do not decay.
* It is easy to clean with floss, toothbrush, and a water pick.
* The implants and artificial crowns never have nerve problems or need root canals.
* The titanium implant stimulates the jawbone maintaining integrity and density.
* Implants are less likely to break than your natural teeth.


Different Implant Bridge Designs

Common simple implant supported bridges most often replace a span of three to four teeth with implants placed into the jawbone at the far ends of the gap. Then the multiple tooth bridge is connected to these implants. Other frequent designs include cantilever and front teeth implant bridges. There are numerous options.

* 3-4 Teeth Implant Bridge- It is best for your dentist to place two implants on both sides of the space. The implants can be placed next to one another but this leaves one side of the bridge unsupported.
* Cantilever Implant Bridges- Cantilever implant bridges are acceptable if the unsupported length is less than half the overall length of the entire bridge.

Once the implants have bonded and fused to the bone, the bridge tray with the crowns can be installed. Implant supported bridges cost less than individual implants because it takes fewer implants. A cantilever implant bridge may be the solution when there is not enough room to physically place multiple implants. There must be at least 1 mm of jawbone in between each implant. If it is feasible, it will be better to do individual implants and individual crowns. The more artificial root structure placed preserves healthy gums and jawbone mass. Individual teeth will look more natural and are much easier to clean.


Implant Supported Bridges vs. Traditional Dental Bridges

The most popular and common implant supported bridge contains three and four crowns that are secured by two implants and support spans of three to four artificial teeth. Implant supported bridges look natural, function like real teeth and usually last decades. Implant supported bridges will not decay, get cavities, or need root canals. Since the implants do not decay, implant supported bridges have a huge advantage over traditional bridges because the abutment teeth can develop cavities and decay.


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