Whether you are missing one tooth or more, there are quite a few tooth replacement options available for restoring both the look and function of your teeth in Edinburgh. Dental implants are ideal for supporting bridges for patients who are missing several consecutive teeth.
At Polwarth Dental Clinic, our leading implant dentist, Dr Willie Jack has fitted over 3,000 dental implants in Edinburgh since 1992.Depending on how many teeth you are missing, he will be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for implant-supported bridges.
How do they work?
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by dental implants fused with the surrounding bone,rather than natural teeth. Normally, when an implant-supported bridge is used, dental implants are fixed either directly on your missing teeth or on both sides of the gaps created by your missing teeth. In the end, the crowns are joined to each other to form a solid bridge. Implant-supported bridges decrease the pressure on the individual implants in the jawbone and diffuse it evenly across the bridge.
Benefits of implant-supported bridges
There are clear advantages of implant-supported bridges over traditional bridges. The former are fixed into you jawbone by dental implants, so you can speak, eat and smile knowing that your restorations will always look and feel like your natural teeth.
Implant-supported bridges are very sturdy and less likely to chip or break compared to traditional bridges. More importantly, because they are supported by dental implants, they stimulate the jawbone, helping to stop the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss.
Am I an ideal candidate?
In order to be eligible for an implant-supported bridge, you should enjoy good oral and overall health and have lost up to four successive teeth. Additionally, you should have a sufficient amount of healthy bone in your jaw in order to support the embedded dental implants. If you cannot support dental implants because of insufficient bone density, we will suggest a bone grafting procedure prior to the treatment.
By trusting Polwarth Dental Clinic for your dental implants in Edinburgh, you can enjoy a beautiful smile with renewed strength and function.