Our dentists in Dallas, TX, understand that tooth loss can take a toll on your oral function, health, and appearance. That’s why Dr. Shaun Sigurdson and Dr. Mihir Patel offer high-quality dental restorations–like implant-supported bridges–to help patients restore their oral health and complete their smiles.

At Lakewood Dental Group, our team can help you reestablish your biting, chewing, and speaking ability with dental implants. These sturdy titanium posts act as an anchor onto which implant-supported restorations permanently sit. For many patients, an implant-supported bridge is the most effective way to replace several missing teeth in a row. 

What is an implant-supported bridge?

Implant-supported bridges are dental prosthetics that permanently attach to dental implants. Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel recommend implant-supported bridges for patients with more than one missing tooth in a row. 

The false teeth on implant-supported bridges are crafted from top-tier materials that our team can expertly color match and shape to fit each patient’s unique oral structure and aesthetic. As a result, patients can effortlessly restore their smiles with a restoration that looks and acts exactly like their natural teeth.

Do implant-supported bridges require oral surgery?

Patients must undergo oral surgery to get the dental implants that will hold their restoration in place. Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel perform this procedure with the help of an advanced computer system. This technique affords them more control and precision, contributing to the remarkably high success rate of dental implant surgery, which is estimated at nearly 98%.

Patients must fully heal before our team can permanently place their implant-supported bridges on their new implants. This process could take four to six months, but Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel may provide patients with a temporary bridge while they are healing.

Why choose an implant-supported bridge over a traditional bridge?

Unlike implant-supported bridges, traditional dental bridges do not rely on dental implants to keep them securely in the mouth. Instead, surrounding teeth keep the appliance in place with the use of dental crowns.

However, placing dental crowns on neighboring teeth requires dental professionals to grind down an otherwise healthy tooth to fasten the crowns to the supporting teeth. This stresses the supporting teeth and weakens their structural integrity.

Implant-supported bridges, however, do not use neighboring teeth for support, which allows patients to leave their healthy, neighboring teeth intact. Furthermore, implant-supported bridges act as a retention device to keep surrounding teeth from shifting around, which keeps patients’ teeth and mouths healthier. 

What are the benefits of implant-supported bridges?

There are several advantages of implant-supported bridges, including:

  • They function and look just like natural teeth
  • They are strong, reliable, and can last for well over a decade
  • Unlike natural teeth, implant-supported bridges are immune to dental decay
  • Implant-supported bridges encourage healthier jawbones and gums
  • They do not shift or cause gum irritation like removable bridges
  • Patients can bite, chew, smile, and speak with unlimited confidence

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation Today

If you’re ready to verify your candidacy for dental implants and implant-supported bridges, then schedule a consultation with a trusted Lakewood dentist today. Our team is always ready to help you restore your smile, improve your oral health, and enhance your confidence!

To get started, new and existing patients can send our team a message online, or they may call our dental office in Dallas at (214) 827-1885.