Multiple Implants (Implant-Supported Bridges)

Treatment options for multiple missing teeth include:

  • Partial dentures
  • Conventional fixed bridges
  • Implant-supported bridges

Among these options, implant-supported bridge is the latest and superior technique. People have relied a lot on partial dentures and fixed bridges to restore their smile and chewing ability. However, a higher success rate and numerous other benefits associated with implant-supported bridges have made conventional dentures and bridges almost outmoded.

Procedure

Overall, the procedure is quite similar to that for a single implant. The main difference is that several crowns are placed to replace multiple missing teeth.

Benefits

The benefits of implant-supported bridges are:

  • Preservation of jawbone and facial dimensions
  • Preservation of healthy adjacent teeth (no need to grind neighboring teeth for support)
  • Much more comfortable to wear because they do not cause any irritation or soreness of gums
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • No diet restrictions because chewing with implant-supported bridges is much like chewing with natural teeth
  • Much more secure and stable as compared to partial dentures or fixed bridges