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Implant-Retained Bridges – Canton, MI

Making Your Smile Complete

A diagram of an implant-retained bridge.

Missing consecutive teeth can make even the most basic tasks difficult to perform. If the gap in your smile feels like it’s getting larger, that is no accident. While chewing and grinding becomes difficult, your teeth are only going to continue shifting out of place without regular stimulation. With that said, traditional bridges can help prevent your teeth from shifting, but they won’t completely restore your most basic functions. With implant-retained bridges, you can restore your smile and do so without having to use a dedicated implant with every tooth you replace. Here’s how Dr. Robison gets it done!

Replacing Two Consecutive Teeth

A dentist showing a patient an X-ray.

The biggest difference between traditional bridges and implant-retained bridges is you do not need to remove existing tooth enamel just to have the bridge placed. Instead of relying on existing teeth to act as the anchors for your restoration, dental implants take care of all the heavy lifting. With routine care, you can expect your replacement tooth to last several decades. Keep in mind that you will need to have two implants to hold your restoration. However, as you replace more teeth at a time, you’ll find that you don’t need to have a designated implant for every tooth you replace.

Replacing Three or More Consecutive Teeth

An older woman missing multiple teeth.

When you’re missing one tooth, adapting can be a bit easier. However, your risk for losing additional teeth only increases. If this does happen, it becomes even more important to replace them accordingly. With implant-retained bridges, we can also replace three teeth at a time using just two dental implants. This means you can save time and money on future implant placement and surgery. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this method only applies when your missing teeth are right next to each other.

Multiple Missing Teeth Throughout the Mouth

An older couple prepping for dinner.

If you have multiple missing teeth on opposite sides of your mouth, you may still be able to take advantage of dental implants to replace teeth without having a dedicated implant for each tooth. This is done by using a partial denture that is customized to fit on top of dental implants. We’ll make sure to evaluate your mouth in great detail in order to confirm your eligibility for this type of treatment. If so, you should only need a handful of implants to replace several teeth throughout your mouth.

Benefits of Choosing Implant-Retained Bridges or Partial Dentures

Choosing dental implants to hold your replacement teeth offers many benefits that you won’t find with traditional treatments. For example:

  • Your biting force is much stronger, making it easier to chew tough or crunchy foods.
  • The health of your jaw and remaining teeth is more improved.
  • You don’t need to remove existing enamel, which is always a permanent process.
  • It’s a long-lasting tooth replacement that is designed to last for at least 30 years. This is in stark contrast to traditional bridges which usually only last a fraction of the time. If you want a truly cost-effective solution for tooth loss, dental implants are more ideal.