IMPLANT SUPPORTED BRIDGE
It’s quite similar to a regular dental bridge, but this one is supported by implants and not by natural teeth.
This technique is used when more than one tooth is missing. The “Law of Beams” states that as distance between abutments doubles, deflection of the bridge becomes the cube of it’s previous movement under a given force. This procedure will also help retain the bone in this area since it will have a function.
It offers to patients an opportunity of getting the most economic and treatment benefit from combinations of procedures.
If this implant will be placed next to natural teeth, this one and the surrounding gums must be in good health. For this a movement of the tooth should be less than 30 microns, which is the thickness of a strand of hair. For exceptional cases a bone augmentation is neccesary before the main process.
Again, the angulation, length and width of the implants are very important factors to ensure success. The design of the bridge needs to allow for proper oral hygiene for the patient.
The above image demonstrates how an edentulous area or area with no teeth can be restored with an implant supported bridge.