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Implant-Supported Bridges – Vero Beach, FL

Strong and Beautiful Multi-Tooth Replacement

happy dental patient with mirror If you are missing three, four, or more teeth in a row, it may be difficult for you to enjoy your favorite foods or to smile with confidence. While a partial denture or a traditional bridge may both be viable options to fill in the gap, an implant-supported bridge in Vero Beach may be an even better solution.

What Is an Implant-Supported Bridge?

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A traditional bridge has two crowns that are placed over existing natural teeth, and an artificial tooth (or teeth) is secured between them. An implant-supported bridge, on the other hand, gains its strength and security from two small titanium cylinders that an implant dentist in Vero Beach surgically places beneath the gum line. An implant-supported bridge may be able to replace three or more missing teeth in a row.

How Does the Process Work?

If, after an in-depth consultation, we determine that you are a good candidate for dental implants in Vero Beach, we will plan your placement surgery. Once the implants are in place, it may take several weeks — or perhaps a couple of months — for your bone to heal. Your jaw will fuse to the implants, creating an incredibly strong base of support for your new teeth.

Eventually, we will design a beautiful prosthesis to go on top of your implants. Our in-house prosthodontists have an intimate understanding of the oral structures and the factors that go into creating a functional bite. Therefore, you can expect your new teeth to be both beautiful and comfortable.

What Are the Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge?

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Some benefits of an implant-supported bridge include:

  • The placement process will likely not require us to modify any of your natural teeth.
  • Since the implants bond with the jaw, they can help to prevent bone loss.
  • An implant-supported bridge is strong enough to stand up to all of the rigors of everyday eating and drinking. You won’t have to worry about it slipping out of place.
  • The bridge will prevent your remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place.

What Are the Indications for an Implant-Supported Bridge?

You may be an ideal candidate for an implant-supported bridge if:

How Should You Care for Your Implant-Supported Bridge?

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Caring for an implant-supported bridge doesn’t require any complicated or time-consuming steps. You should always brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. When you floss, you may need to use a special tool to floss underneath the artificial teeth that are between the implants. You should also avoid tobacco usage and visit us every six months for a checkup.

How Long Can You Expect Your Implant-Supported Bridge to Last?

Dental implants have the potential to last for 30 years or longer. However, the restoration on top of the implants may have a shorter lifespan; it may need to be replaced after 10 – 15 years or so.