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Implant-Supported Bridge Restoration in North Hollywood CA

An implant-supported bridge gives you a strong restoration and keeps your jawbone healthy, but implant-supported bridges are less expensive and easier to do than replacing every individual missing tooth with a single dental implant.

A fixed implant-supported bridge is permanently attached to a dental implant abutment, meaning that this type of bridge cannot be removed without help from your dentist. 

Using dental implants to support an implant-supported bridge provides a permanent, stable solution to replacing missing teeth, mimicking the structure of a root.

Dental implants directly replace tooth roots and protect your jaw against atrophy, making them the best solution to replacing missing teeth. Furthermore, implants are the only method to replace teeth that can protect your jawbone from atrophy.

Fixed Hybrid Dentures

Support Similar to the Natural Tooth Root

A dental implant is a surgically inserted titanium screw into the jawbone, giving you support similar and permanent to the natural tooth root. A dental crown (an artificial tooth) is then attached on top of the implant, filling in the gaps of your missing natural teeth. In most cases, two or more implants are strategically placed to make the bridge instead of one implant for each missing tooth.

Traditional dental bridges are cemented onto one natural tooth on each side, meaning you must file down the enamel of your surrounding teeth to prepare to have dental crowns placed over them. When a traditional bridge is placed, it is supported over the teeth on each side of the gap by a pair of dental crowns. This is because traditional dental bridges require the reshaping of the healthy teeth on each side of the gap in order for them to accommodate the crowns that are connected to the bridge.

The central dental crown, which will not require dental implants, is called a prosthesis (pontic), and the dental crowns on each end of an implant-supported bridge, which will attach to dental implants, are called retaining crowns (abutments). These are called the tooth-like parts of an abutment, which are covered by the crown, with the dental prosthetics in-between. To fit the pair of dental crowns, your dentist will first have to alter the structure of the supporting teeth so that they are comfortable.

Temporary Versus Permanent Restorations

Once just a few implants are placed, temporary teeth are attached on top of them until it is time to affix a permanent bridge. Once a permanent restoration is completed, abutments are attached to the implants, then a permanent bridge is attached to top. When the bridge is complete, the dentist may secure it over the posts, giving you a fully restored smile.    

If you want to make a more permanent investment, then having the implants posts at either end of your traditional bridge could be your route. Implant bridges are ideal in situations in which you are missing several teeth, as they allow you to replace more teeth. Traditional bridges have been the standard of replacing missing teeth or teeth for a long time, but implant-supported restorations provide a better alternative in most situations. As such, implants are often used for patients who lack sufficient healthy teeth to support traditional bridges or partials.

Dental Implant Options

Bridging the Gap

A dental bridge is a dental appliance that quite literally bridges the gaps created by one or more missing teeth, effectively restoring your natural smiling appearance. It is a popular and highly recommended solution for patients who have lost between one and three teeth consecutively. By filling the gaps, dental bridges not only improve the aesthetics but also restore essential function, allowing for proper biting and chewing. With its ability to provide a long-lasting and reliable solution, dental bridges have become a go-to option for many seeking to regain their confident smile and optimal oral health.

Implant-supported bridges, also known as fixed partial dentures or fixed dental prosthetics, are a permanent tooth replacement solution used when multiple teeth are missing at the same time, or when you do not have enough healthy teeth to support a traditional dental bridge. Implant-supported bridges offer a less expensive treatment option than replacing each of your missing individual teeth with a single implant.

A custom-made bridge is created to match the size, shape, and color of your existing teeth, then attached to the supporting implants. The crowns that comprise a dental bridge are made from ceramic (porcelain) to provide it a natural, translucent appearance that perfectly matches your existing teeth shape and color. 

Implant Supported Bridges in North Hollywood CA

If you’re in the North Hollywood area and you’re interested in a consultation with a dentist who specializes in implant-supported bridges, our team at A-Dental Center is here to help. We offer customized treatment plans and personalized attention to ensure the best possible outcome for your bridge. Contact us today to get started on restoring your beautiful, healthy smile!

We understand that a missing tooth (or teeth) can have an impact on both your confidence and your overall health. We’re dedicated to giving you back the smile that you deserve with a dental bridge supported by dental implants. Our team has decades of experience in implant-supported bridges, and we’ll make sure that your bridge is secure, natural-looking, and comfortable for many years to come.

We use cutting-edge technology to craft your custom bridge and design an implant-supported structure that fits comfortably in your mouth. We’ll explain the process, step by step, so you’ll know exactly what to expect throughout the entire treatment plan. Our team is here to answer all of your questions and concerns about implant-supported bridges, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any help or just have questions.