Dental bridges and dental implants are quite different. The bridges are used to bridge a gap of missing teeth (loaded with crowns) where as the dental implants will replace the roots of teeth to securely anchor in the restoration on top. The restorations that go on top of the implants will depend on your exact case and how many missing teeth you have, and where the gaps fall into your mouth.
In some cases, if you have an area in your mouth that is suitable for a bridge, it might be possible to have them also secured in place by dental implants. Dental implants are considered the gold standard way of replacing missing teeth as they are a fixed option which helps stabilise the region of the missing natural tooth, whilst promoting healthy bone growth.
The dental implants will be placed into the patients jaw. The number of implants needed will vary from case to case. If you need a 3 unit bridge, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will need 3 implants – it might be possible to just place 2 implants which will be sufficient to anchor in the bridge. At the free consultation our implant dentist will be able analyse your case and examine what options will be the most suitable for you.
The dental bridge restoration will be fully loaded with the porcelain crowns that will act as your new teeth. After the healing period of the dental implant placement, the fully loaded dental bridge will be securely attached in place. This new restoration will act & look as if they were your own teeth. We always aim for natural looking smiles that are comfortable as well.
If you are interested in what treatments are the most suitable for your needs, please do not hesitate to contact us and book your free consultation and we will explore all suitable options.