What Is An Implant Supported Bridge?

An implant-supported bridge is a bridge supported by implants instead of natural teeth. This type of bridge can be used to replace a small span of missing teeth by placing one implant in the jawbone at each end of the span and connecting them with crowns to form one piece, or it can be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth using the "all-on-four" technique. With the "all-on-four" technique 4-6 implants are strategically placed per arch (upper/lower) and used as the support a bridge that replaces all teeth in the arch. Both types of implant-supported bridges are permanently fixed and do not require removal at night.

When Is This Used?

An implant-supported bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing in an area. The "all-on-four" technique is used when all teeth are missing in an arch either upper or lower, but the patient does not want something that they have to take out every night like a conventional denture.

How Does It Work?

The process begins in our office with a 3D scan to determine that you are a good candidate. In most cases, you will then see a surgeon for the placement of the dental implants. For a small spanning bridge you will have some healing time and see us for the placement of the bridge after the healing has occurred. For the "all-on-four" technique, we will be at the surgeon's office the day of implant placement to give you your full arch bridge and a new smile.

Implant Supported Bridge