What's a segmented implant bridge?
Unfortunately, tooth loss is quite common among people of all ages. Tooth loss is usually the result of a traumatic injury, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, a severe infection, or malnutrition. Though tooth loss is nothing to be ashamed of, it can create aesthetic and functional issues that affect our quality of life. One of the most trusted and popular solutions for this problem is segmented implant bridges.
A segmented implant bridge is a type of bridge that's used to replace two or more missing teeth that have created a larger gap between other teeth. Fitting an implant bridge involves two or more titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bridge is then fitted on top, connecting the implants and replacing the missing teeth. The bridge itself is made of porcelain, which is both durable and aesthetically appealing. Porcelain beautifully matches your surrounding teeth in terms of look and feel.
There are different types of bridges, but the implant bridge is easily one of the strongest and most stable. It's considered to be one of the most effective methods of replacing missing teeth. Implant bridges are also more secure than dentures and last far longer than traditional dental bridges.
How are segmented implant bridges applied?
Before receiving your dental implant, you’ll first have to attend a consultation. This is when a CT scan of your mouth is taken so that your dentist can create a custom treatment plan for you. This will also be a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, the cost, aftercare, or anything else that comes to mind.
The procedure consists of two surgeries. The first is to embed titanium implants into your jawbone. This may seem daunting but your dentist will ensure that you've received the right amount of anaesthetic beforehand. At Brunswick Family Dental, we take great care to make our services as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We even have child therapists on standby to help anxious children and teens throughout the process.
The number of implants you receive will vary based on the number of teeth you're missing and the location of those gaps. Sometimes, one implant is surgically placed in your mouth for each missing tooth. However, in cases where three or more teeth are missing, we often place just two implants on either side of the gap. These implants, which consist of an artificial porcelain tooth with a titanium root, will be used to hold the bridge in position.
The second surgery, naturally, is to apply the bridge. The purpose of the bridge is to connect the implants and replace the missing teeth between the implants. The implants have to be placed first, so you may have to wait a few months to receive the second surgery. It should also be noted that people who've just had tooth extractions will need to wait approximately 5-6 months before undergoing the first surgery, as your gums need time to stabilise after the extraction.
What are the benefits of segmented implant bridges?
There are countless benefits to getting segmented implant bridges. In fact, they've changed thousands of people's lives in a profound way. The reality is, having even a few missing teeth can affect several aspects of your life. Here are just a few standout benefits to having your missing teeth replaced with an implant bridge.
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- Inspires Confidence: For many people, missing teeth can have a damaging effect on their self-esteem. Implant bridges flawlessly fill those gaps, inspiring patients to feel more confident about their restored smiles. Our hope is that this self-esteem boost will help you in all facets of your life, from dating to job interviews.
- Improves Chewing: It's difficult to chew properly — or sometimes at all — with multiple missing teeth. Implant bridges restore your ability to chew properly by filling those gaps with strong implants and readjusting your bite.
- Maintains Face Shape: Segmented implant bridges are customised to fit your teeth, gums, and mouth without being and feeling bulky.
- Restores Speech: Implant bridges restore your natural speech and pronunciation abilities.
- Protects Other Teeth: By filling in the gaps left by missing teeth, implant bridges prevent your other teeth from shifting out of place and becoming misaligned.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure to receive an implant bridge typically requires two surgeries, with a few months' wait in between. These surgeries take about an hour to an hour and a half each to complete. For most patients, this lengthy process is more than worth it. Unlike traditional bridges, which only last about 5 to 15 years, segmented implant bridges can last a lifetime. However, if you want to get the most out of your implant bridge, we recommend following all the aftercare instructions provided by your dentist.
Aftercare for dental implants is relatively straightforward. You should only have cold drinks and avoid eating anything until the anaesthetic has worn off. Continue to avoid hot drinks and hot food for the entirety of the first day. Also, we ask that you not disturb the implant area as much as possible. That means no touching it with your fingers, pointing at it with your tongue, or letting liquid pass over it too frequently.