what are implant-retained bridges?
Rather than being held in place by your existing teeth with a regular dental bridge, implant-retained bridges are supported by crowns that are attached implants in your jawbone. Dental implants placed by our general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Boulard, are created with titanium posts surgically placed into your jaw to help support the bridge. This type of bridge is an effective alternative for the replacement of more than one missing tooth, but it can also be utilized to prevent a buildup of strain on the implant. This procedure at Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH uses advanced technology to generate a lasting and improved smile. We also only use high-quality materials to provide you with a beautiful and natural smile. Implant-retained bridges are a longer-lasting solution to restore missing teeth and help you get back the look and function of your previous teeth.
Who is a candidate for an implant-retained bridge?
Ideal candidates for an implant-retained bridge are those who are missing several teeth. They are also a good option for patients who deal with jaw clenching and teeth grinding. You must have pristine gum health before receiving an implant. If not, bone augmentation or graft may need to be performed before the implant procedure can begin. Dr. Boulard will assess your overall oral health and determine whether implant bridges are a good choice for you.
Dr. Boulard's implant-retained bridge techniques
There are several steps in the process of receiving an implant-retained bridge. The first step ensures that the implant is surgically placed into your jaw. The tissue around the gums will then need a number of months to recover, which also allows time for the implant to integrate. Dr. Boulard will confirm the successful integration of the implant with digital x-rays.
Dr. Boulard will take another set of digital impressions for your bridge to be made. A temporary restoration will also be made until the final bridge is ready. Once your custom bridge is delivered and ready to be anchored, Dr. Boulard will have you return for dental implant placement. He will adjust your implant-retained bridge as needed for proper fit and comfort.
Taking care of your implant-retained bridge
Throughout each step of the process, your implant will need to be properly cleaned every day. Dr. Boulard might also suggest using special tools that allow for more thorough cleaning between the bridge and the gum. You should also keep attending twice-yearly cleanings to check the implant as needed and to optimize your dental health.
Consider an Implant-Retained Bridge for your smile
The implant-retained bridge is a promising, sturdy choice for the replacement of missing teeth. With state-of-the-art technologies, Dr. Boulard offers implant-retained bridges to revive your smile. To find out if implant-retained bridges are the right treatment for you, call Something To Smile About to schedule your appointment in Merrimack, NH.