Naperville Commons Dental (630) 355-2935 24 W 500 Maple Ave, #217, Naperville, IL 60540

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Implant-Supported Dental Bridges

If you have more than one tooth missing, you may be a good candidate for an implant-supported dental bridge. Our practice offers this service, so read on and reach out with any questions.

What Are They?

Implant-supported bridges are considered the sturdiest dental bridge system. While most types of dental bridge are fastened to one or more crowns on adjacent teeth, this type requires a connection be made with the jawbone itself. The implant itself is made of titanium and needs to be surgically inserted into bone, resulting in a strong base for the crown.

Who is a Good Candidate?

This type of bridge is ideal for individuals who are missing multiple teeth yet have retained sufficient jawbone material. If you are lacking adequate bone below your gum, bone augmentation or grafting may be an option. A good candidate for an implant-supported bridge will also have healthy adjacent teeth and gums. Implant-supported bridges are sometimes ideal for those who grind or clench their teeth, as this type of bridge can withstand pressures others cannot.

First Steps

While implant-supported dental bridges have many benefits for the right candidate, the process for installing them can be lengthy. An initial consultation must occur, where your dentist will complete a comprehensive examination. Any necessary bone grafting must take place first, which can add up to five months to the process. Expect a full review of your dental history and for x-rays to be taken of your mouth.

Installing Your Implants

In order to determine the exact placement of your implants, your dentist will model teeth from wax to create a surgical guide. This guide can then be placed over your existing teeth, and you will undergo surgery to secure the titanium implants to your jaw. Recovery may take three or more months, and your dentist will need to assess your progress in order to determine when you are ready for the next phase.

Exposing the Implant and Restoration

A second, less complex surgery will be needed to uncover the heads of the implants once they have fused with your bone. A small incision will be made in your gums, and the exposed implants will be fitted with caps to promote proper setting as you heal. When your gums have sufficiently recovered, you will be given a temporary bridge to wear while your final apparatus is adjusted to perfection.

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If you’re missing one or more teeth, an implant-supported dental bridge may be right for you! This is one of the services we offer in addition to general dentistry in Naperville. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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