An implant bridge is a fixed appliance used to replace consecutive missing teeth. A bridge is one cohesive unit. If one implant for each missing tooth isn’t possible, the bridge will have a crown (pontic) suspended between two implant supported crowns. The long-term success of an implant bridge is dependent on how well you maintain the health of your gums.
A dental implant is a screw like metal structure that is surgically positioned into the bone of the jaw. An implant mimics the roots of a natural tooth. Once an implant is surgically positioned into the jaw bone the implant is left to allow the bone to grow around the thread to secure it firmly in place. During the healing phase, a provisional denture will most likely be worn for cosmetic reason and to prevent movement. Once the implant is held firmly in place it’s ready for its attachments.
Like your natural teeth, you will need to maintain strict oral hygiene care and attend regular dental visits. This will keep your gums healthy around the implant and prevent bone loss that would affect the long-term success of your implant.
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