Restore Your Smile with an Implant-Supported Bridge That Is Virtually Identical to Your Teeth

Dentist in Irving, TX

dental bridge is a custom-made restoration designed to replace several missing teeth. At Kids and Grownups Dental, we can customize a beautifully lifelike implant-supported bridge as a more stable alternative to traditional bridges that also boosts jawbone health. Drs. Joshua Lee and John Lee use state-of-the-art technology at their Irving, TX, practice to determine candidacy, place implants, and perform prerequisite procedures such as bone grafting or a sinus lift. With attentive care, your implant posts can last the rest of your life.

Illustration demonstrating how an implant-supported bridge fits into the gums.
An implant-supported bridge adds considerable stability to a traditional bridge by anchoring it directly into the jawbone. 

What is an Implant-Supported Bridge?

Like a traditional bridge, an implant-supported bridge replaces two or more adjacent teeth. However, a standard bridge is attached to the natural teeth that neighbor the gap in your smile. In contrast, an implant-supported bridge is attached to small titanium posts that are positioned in your jawbone. Because of this advanced method of placement, implant-supported bridges offer several benefits:

  • Conservative treatment: An implant-supported bridge does not require alternations to nearby teeth, ensuring that they remain fully intact and are less prone to damage.
  • Increased stability: Because implant-supported bridges are much more stable than a removable restoration, patients can eat all their favorite foods.
  • Longevity: Though the attached restoration may eventually need to be replaced, an implant can potentially last the rest of your life.
  • Jawbone health: Like your natural roots, an implant can stimulate new tissue grow and prevent future tooth loss.

With an implant-supported bridge, you can enjoy a restored smile that both looks and feels natural.

Are You a Candidate for an Implant-Supported Bridge?

If you have lost two or three consecutive teeth, there is a good chance that you will qualify for an implant-supported bridge. In addition to good oral health, however, candidates must also have sufficient jawbone tissue to support implants so that they do not weaken or fall out. While some jawbone recession is unavoidable after tooth loss, Drs. Joshua and John Lee can reverse this process and restore your implants candidacy through a bone grafting or sinus lift procedure. In many cases, an implant-supported bridge may be included as part of a more comprehensive full mouth reconstruction plan.

The Treatment Process for Implant-Supported Bridges

Treatment is typically broken up into several phases: the consultation, the implant placement procedure, and the restoration. During the initial consultation, our dentists can evaluate your jawbone structure and find the right spots for implant posts with modern imaging techniques. That way, they have the precise measurements needed to place said implants once surgery starts. If you require any prerequisite procedures, our team can then schedule these out in advance of implant placement.

The team at Kids and Grownups Dental can prepare, place, and restore missing teeth in order to rejuvenate your smile, oral health, and self-confidence.

In preparation for the implant placement procedure, a member of our team will use anesthetic to numb your gums and jawbone and administer nitrous oxide to ensure that you remain relaxed during your visit. At this point, the doctor can make two small incisions in the gums to access the jawbone and create holes in the bone to accommodate the posts. Once they are in place, your practitioner will close up the small incisions in your gums and you can return home.

As you heal over the next four to six months, both your gum and bone tissue will integrate with the posts. This process will allow the implants to become permanent fixtures in your mouth. We can provide a temporary, removable restoration during this period. When you have healed, Dr. John Lee or Dr. Joshua Lee will attach a permanent, immovable bridge that is customized to your smile.

Rebuild Your Smile with an Implant-Supported Bridge

The team at Kids and Grownups Dental can prepare, place, and restore missing teeth in order to rejuvenate your smile, oral health, and self-confidence. Contact us online or call us today at (972) 255-4164 to schedule a consultation .