Implant-Supported Bridges Are a Natural-Looking and Permanent Way to Replace Missing Teeth
Dr. Daniel M. Whiteman can replace your missing teeth with a custom-designed and highly realistic dental bridge. Along with standard restorations, he also provides advanced implant-supported bridges at his Brookline, MA, office. These prosthetics will attach to two or more permanent implant posts, which will replace your tooth roots. Among other benefits, implant-supported bridges can enhance your overall oral health by preventing further jawbone recession. At Whiteman Dental, we are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Using ultramodern imaging, Dr. Whiteman can determine your candidacy for an implant-supported bridge and plan a precise surgery. Backed by over 20 years of experience, Dr. Whiteman can ensure that your treatment will be safe with as little discomfort as possible.
Candidates for an Implant-Supported Bridge
If you are missing several adjacent teeth, you could be a candidate for an implant-supported bridge. Dr. Whiteman can also replace single missing teeth and a full dental arch. To qualify for dental implants, you must have enough jawbone tissue to uphold the posts. Because jawbone recession happens quickly after you lose a tooth, Dr. Whiteman can evaluate your oral structure before recommending implants. In some cases, a compromised jawbone may disqualify you from implants. Most of the time, however, you can restore your candidacy for implants following a preparatory procedure such as a bone graft. Your overall oral and physical health are additional considerations. As an implants candidate, you should not have untreated gum disease or a chronic condition that could affect your recovery.
While traditional bridges are quite durable and realistic, there are a number of reasons to consider an advanced implant-supported bridge.
Placing an Implant-Supported Bridge
To perform implant surgery, Dr. Whiteman will review the digital x-rays that will be taken at your initial consultation. These images will help him find the most secure places in your jawbone for the titanium posts. Then he will set two implants in small pilot holes in your jaw. Additional posts could be necessary, especially if you are going to receive a larger bridge. Your jawbone will heal around and fuse with the posts, permanently fixing them in your mouth. Full healing typically takes four to six months. At the end of this period, Dr. Whiteman can attach your bridge, which will be made in our onsite lab. Thanks to this facility, we can provide a beautifully realistic prosthetic that will be a near-perfect match to the shape and color of your natural teeth. In some cases, we can provide Teeth in a Day, attaching a bridge on the same day as your implant surgery. After your recovery, you can return to our office, and Dr. Whiteman will attach your permanent restoration.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
While traditional bridges are quite durable and realistic, there are a number of reasons to consider an advanced implant-supported bridge:
- Dental implants will become permanent fixtures in your mouth, so, unlike a removable restoration, your bridge will never slip out of place. This could potentially save you from some embarrassing situations. You will also be able to eat a full and unrestricted diet.
- An implant-supported bridge will not require alteration of your teeth. In contrast, a traditional bridge would fit over the adjacent teeth, so your dentist would need to significantly reshape them to accommodate the restoration.
- Dental implants perform all of the same functions as natural tooth roots. Not only will they support your new bridge, they will also send regenerative signals to your jaw, which will stop bone recession and prevent future tooth loss.
Complete Your Smile and Restore Your Dental Health
An implant-supported bridge can restore your smile, normal bite, and oral health. Contact Whiteman Dental Associates online to schedule a restorative consultation. You can also book an appointment by calling (617) 731-4746.