Addressing Common Concerns About An Implant Bridge: Myths vs. Facts

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If you’ve lost a few of your teeth and are on the lookout for options for replacing missing teeth ‘permanently’, then getting an implant bridge would be your best bet! 

Having lost teeth, you’d ideally want a treatment that’s not too time-consuming, isn’t very heavy on the pocket, and is long-lasting and safe, right? An implant bridge offers you just that – it’s quick, cost-effective, durable, and safe. However, despite all the benefits that implant bridge offers, a lot of people have misconceptions about this treatment, which holds them back from benefiting from it. 

This blog will give you a thorough understanding of this treatment, including what it is and how it works, so you may have no reservations about it. We’ll also discuss common myths and provide factual information to combat them, so you can make a well-informed decision about your dental health.

What Is An Implant Bridge?

An implant bridge, also commonly referred to as an implant-supported bridge, is a reliable way of permanently replacing missing teeth. It’s a relatively recent development in restorative dentistry and has its roots in two popular dental treatments: dental implants and dental bridges – hence the name implant-bridges. This revolutionary treatment combines the benefits of both implants and conventional bridges, taking both concepts to a whole new level to provide patients with a comprehensive teeth replacement solution.

So, an implant bridge has two integral elements:

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are small, cylindrical, metallic posts that are surgically inserted in your jawbone and work as a replacement for natural tooth roots. They provide the necessary foundation to support the new set of teeth (bridge) that will be used to replace your missing teeth, holding the new teeth firmly in place, just as natural tooth roots hold natural teeth in place.

Bridge/Prosthesis 

A bridge is a set of fake teeth that is used to replace missing teeth. It’s usually employed to replace a few missing teeth, usually replacing 3 or 4 missing teeth, but it can also be used to replace up to 6 teeth in some cases. Each bridge typically has a crown at its ends, and there are freely suspended fake teeth (also known as pontics) in between the crowns. The crowns at the ends have attachment sites underneath them via which they are fixed to the implants, giving patients a new fully functional, and visually appealing set of teeth.

How Is An Implant Bridge Placed?

Now that you understand the basics of an implant bridge, the next important thing is to acquaint yourself with its process so you may have a deeper understanding of this treatment. Let’s discuss the process briefly:

Diagnostics

First of all, your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your dental anatomy to gain insights into specific areas, including the position of missing teeth, your jawbone density, your gum health, etc. For this, he will take x-rays, photographs, and CT scans of your mouth. These diagnostic tools will help your dentist determine your suitability for the treatment and subsequently plan the best sites for implant placement in your mouth.

Implant Surgery 

After the diagnostics are done, your dentist will perform the implant surgery, carefully placing implants in your jaw as per the planning done earlier. These implants would be left to heal for a few days to allow them to fuse with the jawbone around them. This may take anywhere from 6-8 weeks, depending on your existing jawbone health. A temporary bridge is attached to the implants so you may continue to eat and drink normally in the meantime.

Permanent Bridge Placement 

As soon as your implants achieve optimal osseointegration, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge that was placed earlier, and replace it with a permanent bridge. This bridge is adjusted according to your jawbone dimensions to ensure a perfect alignment, giving you a perfectly fitted, natural-feeling, attractive set of teeth.

Addressing Common Concerns About An Implant Bridge: Busting Myths 

While there’s no doubt about implant bridges being a viable replacement for lost teeth, it’s still unfortunately surrounded by all sorts of myths and misconceptions, hindering patients from opting for this treatment. Let’s discuss and address some of these common myths about the implant-supported bridge:

Myth: They Don’t Have A Natural Appearance 

Fact: This is nothing but a myth. Implant bridges are specially designed to look as natural as possible, and special effort is made to ensure this. The material of your bridge is decided based on your natural teeth appearance, with careful attention to the texture, density, shade, and size of your teeth. Only the material that best matches these aspects of your teeth will be chosen for the bridge, giving it an indistinguishable appearance from your permanent teeth.

Myth: They Are Not Safe/Effective 

Fact: While the placement of an implant bridge is a (minimally) invasive procedure, it doesn’t imply that the procedure isn’t safe or effective. A lot of patients worry about the implants failing or being infected, but that, too, is a rare occurrence unless you have medical or dental conditions that put you at risk for implant infection or failure

Myth: They Don’t Feel Comfortable 

Fact: Implant bridges are constructed for the very purpose of giving a comfortable teeth replacement option to patients. Unlike traditional bridges (which are attached to your own teeth and hence are susceptible to loosening or falling), implant bridges are attached to implants in your jaw and hence stay in their place no matter what. They feel as comfortable as your natural teeth.

Myth: They Are Extremely Costly 

Fact: Implant bridge cost depends on several factors, including your specific dental needs, surgeon fee, the material used in the implants, the material used in the bridge, etc. It’s possible to have a cost-effective treatment if you choose a surgeon who’s experienced and affordable at the same time and who gives you a treatment plan based on your budget. Generally, the treatment is expensive only when extra pre-operative procedures (like bone grafting) are involved.

Myth: They Are Not Durable 

Fact: Implant brides are very long-lasting (unlike traditional bridges, which require frequent replacements or adjustments). Since implant bridges are fixed to your jaw, they have a minimal risk of falling out, breaking, or loosening, thereby lasting for years. These can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years (which is a pretty decent duration), depending on your oral hygiene, your jawbone health, the material used in the bridge, etc.

Conclusion

Contrary to common misconceptions, implant bridges are a perfect solution to missing teeth that’s both safe and effective. It provides patients with a new set of teeth that is durable, comfortable, not too heavy on the pocket and indistinguishable in appearance from their natural teeth.

Have any more misconceptions or myths related to implant bridges? Book a FREE consultation with NewSmileSacramento, a premium clinic based in California, USA, and let our expert team of surgeons answer all of your queries to assist you in your journey toward a healthy, beautiful smile!

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