Multiple Tooth Implant
There are multiple treatment options you can consider when you are missing teeth. Phillips Prosthodontics suggests you consider an implant retained fixed bridge as an option when you are missing only a few teeth. This is a long term, fixed solution that won't only improve your smile, but also prevent future issues from occurring.
What Is An Implant Bridge
An implant retained fixed bridge is similar to a traditional bridge used to replace missing teeth. The main difference is that while traditional bridges are supported by crowns on natural teeth, implant fixed bridges are supported by dental implants. In comparison to a traditional bridge, implant fixed bridges do not require the adjacent natural teeth be reduced for support. This can allow you to preserve the integrity of your natural teeth while replacing the missing teeth.
How the Implant Process Works
The entire process begins with an initial consultation which includes a comprehensive examination, diagnostic photographs, x-rays as needed, and impressions or digital scans of your teeth and gums. We will then meet with you to discuss which treatment options are available to you based on your unique circumstances.
When we determine that you are a candidate for dental implants, you may be able to have the implant placed in our office, or we will help coordinate the surgical aspect of your implant treatment with either an oral surgeon or periodontist.
Once the implants have been placed and have healed (or 'osseointegrated') fully, we will begin the process of creating your final implant bridge. The specific steps for this process vary per patient based on their individual needs. We will discuss the details of your case in detail prior to beginning treatment.
You'll also need a regular check-up every 6 months, and occasionally you'll also need to visit our office for an adjustment. Otherwise, these are easy to wear and to care for, so if you're interested in this procedure to make sure you call Phillips Prosthodontics at 336-274-5400 today.