Replace Multiple Missing Teeth with Implant-Supported Bridges
If you are missing several teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge may be the most effective way to restore form and function to your smile. Compared to traditional dental bridges, implant-supported bridges offer superior support and stability, and they do not require any alteration of nearby teeth. At NY Center for Esthetic and Laser Dentistry in Manhattan, Dr. David J. Poiman uses advanced technology to perform computer-guided implant surgery for precise, effective results. Once you have recovered, he can attach a beautiful, custom prosthetic to improve the appearance of your smile and help protect your long-term oral health.
Is an Implant-Supported Bridge Right for You?
If you are missing multiple adjacent teeth, you may be eligible for an implant-supported bridge. Ideal candidates will have good oral and physical health. In addition, you must have sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants. If you are ineligible for this treatment due to jawbone recession, Dr. Poiman can often restore candidacy with a preliminary bone graft.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Poiman will evaluate your jawbone and the structure of your smile. Using our CDR (Computer Dental Radiography) imaging system, Dr. Poiman can accurately pinpoint the strongest areas of the jawbone for implant placement. He can use these scans to create your personalized placement strategy.
Using a computer-guided surgical plan, Dr. Poiman can place dental implants very precisely, minimizing discomfort and the impact on surrounding tissue. During your surgery, our team will numb your gums, and we may provide a deeper form of sedation depending upon your needs. Dr. Poiman will then create two or more incisions in your gums and place the implant posts in your jawbone. Typically, an implant-supported bridge will only require two posts for support, but in some cases, you may need additional implants. Once in place, Dr. Poiman will close up the incisions with sutures.
Your recovery can take between four to six months. Once the posts have fully integrated with your jaw, Dr. Poiman will expose the tops of the implants to attach abutment pieces. These will connect your implant-supported bridge to the posts. We provide bridges made of ultramodern porcelain for the most natural-looking results.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
An implant-supported bridge can restore your oral function more effectively than a removable bridge. You will not have to worry about it slipping out of place, nor will it impose strict limitations on your diet. Additionally, it does not require the significant alteration of adjacent teeth, which occurs during a traditional bridge procedure.
If you are missing several teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge may be the most effective way to restore form and function to your smile.
Most importantly, an implant-supported bridge can protect the natural structure of your jawbone. The implant posts will take the place of your tooth roots, not only supporting your restoration but also promoting bone regrowth. Thus, they can stop tissue recession at the site of a missing tooth and prevent further tooth loss. Because you will be less likely to need future restorative care, this type of bridge can save you time and money.
If you are ready to restore your smile, contact our office online to learn more about the benefits of implant-supported bridges. You can also book an appointment with Dr. Poiman by calling (212) 371-1414.
While Dr. Poiman strives to increase his knowledge in the field of dentistry and share it with his patients, he has created a warm and friendly environment where 'going to the dentist' is simply more fun.