If you are missing two, three, or more teeth in a row, an implant bridge may be the solution. Like tooth supported bridges, implant bridges have anchor crowns, or abutments, to hold false teeth in place. Instead of attaching these anchor crowns to natural teeth, however, implant bridges are attached to implants that are placed on either end of the open space. This short video highlights the process of replacing missing teeth with an implant crown and bridge:
As with single implant crowns, this work is done in stages. First, the implants are surgically placed in your jaw. During a healing period, which usually lasts 2-4 months, these implants integrate into the surrounding bone. Once they are fully integrated, we will take an impression for your new custom bridge. The big advantage of an implant bridge: it is supported by implants rather than other natural teeth, which means healthy adjacent teeth are not altered or involved in the process.