Your teeth play many integral roles in your mouth. Suffering tooth loss can significantly impact all of these roles, impacting your oral health, your smile, and your quality of life. Things you used to do with ease, such as eating and speaking, suddenly become challenging. Your confidence may plummet. Fortunately, missing teeth can, and should, be replaced. At Sussex Dental, we can replace sections of missing teeth with implant bridges.
The Effects of Missing TeethLosing teeth have several significant effects on your life. These include:
What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are a unique treatment used to replace missing teeth. The treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically implanted into your jawbone, to provide support for your dental restorations. Your bone fuses to the posts as you heal from surgery, a process that stabilizes the posts in your jaw and turns them into secure roots that can provide the necessary support for your new teeth. Implants are a versatile treatment that can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
How is an Implant Bridge Placed?Placing an implant bridge requires surgery, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. Before the procedure, we perform a thorough examination of your mouth, including dental X-rays, to determine your candidacy for implants as well as determine the number of posts needed and optimal post placement.
Surgery begins with small incisions in the gums. Next, holes are drilled into the bone and implant posts are placed inside. Finally, your gums are sutured closed. Finally, a temporary bridge is placed on your implant posts, and it remains in place until you have fully healed.
Healing from surgery can take several weeks to several months to complete. During this time, your bone gradually fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. Several follow-ups to ensure that you are healing properly and that there are no issues. Once you have fully healed, we then begin the process of placing your final restorations. The temporary bridge is removed, and an impression is taken. The impression is used to create your custom permanent implant bridge. When it is ready, it is screwed into place on your implant posts.
Enjoy the Benefits of an Implant BridgeAn implant bridge provides several benefits including:
If you are missing multiple teeth, an implant bridge may be the solution for you. Call Sussex Dental today at (262) 246-6806 for more information and to schedule your consultation.