Drs. Sultan S. Salem and Dilmarys J. Peña proudly offer implant-supported bridges at their Franklin Square, NY, dental practice as a restorative solution for patients missing two or more adjacent teeth. Implant-supported bridges provide several advantages over traditional bridges, including jawbone preservation and unrivaled stability for restorations. Dr Salem can both place and restore dental implants in his office, eliminating the need for referrals to specialists. Because all stages of your treatment will be completed in-house, the entire process will be easy and convenient for you. Most importantly, with their skill and experience, our dentists can ensure safe treatment with lasting results.
Are You a Candidate for an Implant-Supported Bridge?
If you are missing two or more teeth, you may be a candidate for an implant-supported bridge. For those patients who are missing a large number of teeth, an implant-supported crown or denture may be a more appropriate treatment. To qualify for any type of dental implants, you must have a strong, healthy jawbone. Fortunately, if you have suffered jawbone recession due to tooth loss, our dentists can perform several preparatory surgeries—such as bone grafting—to restore your candidacy for treatment. In addition to having a strong jawbone, you should have overall good oral and physical health. Your dentist will check for gum disease, and he or she will consider your health history before determining your candidacy for dental implants.
Receiving an Implant-Supported Bridge
At Smiles on Broadway, we take great care to perform highly precise and personalized treatment. We will use our state-of-the-art technology, including our iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner to take pictures of your mouth. This imaging device produces a 3-D model of your teeth and gums, allowing us to design a bridge that will blend with your natural teeth. Dr. Salem will also use x-rays of your jaw to determine the precise placement of your implant posts. In this way, your dentist can provide the strongest possible foundation for your bridge and minimize the surgery’s impact on your jaw.
Unlike a removable prosthetic, an implant-supported bridge will never slip out of place. Therefore, with implants, you can eat all of your favorite foods, and you could feel more confident when you smile.
Once you and your dentist have approved the treatment plan, we can begin planning your surgery. On the day of your procedure, your dentist first will numb the treatment area. If necessary, we can also provide other sedation options so your surgery will be virtually stress-free. Then he will create small incisions in your gums, into which titanium posts will be inserted. An implant-supported bridge typically requires two implants, though additional posts may sometimes be required. Following surgery, your jawbone will fuse with the implants. This healing period will take approximately four to six months. Afterwards, you will return to our office, and your dentist can attach your custom-made dental bridge.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
Implant-supported bridges offer many benefits, such as:
- Stability: Unlike a removable prosthetic, an implant-supported bridge will never slip out of place. Therefore, with implants, you can eat all of your favorite foods, and you could feel more confident when you smile.
- Durability: Dental implants will usually last for the rest of your life. Of course, your dental restorations may need to be replaced, but properly caring for them can ensure their longevity, as well. You can care for restorations as you would care for your regular teeth by brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular dental exams.
- Jawbone health: Implants are unique because they will halt jawbone degeneration. Like the tooth roots that they replace, they will send regenerative signals to your jaw, stimulating bone growth.
- No alteration of natural teeth: In contrast to an implant-supported bridge, a traditional bridge is placed on top of your natural teeth, requiring the removal of a significant amount of dental tissue.
Why Choose Smiles on Broadway for Your Implant Treatment?
It is vital that you choose an experienced practitioner for your oral care. At Smiles on Broadway, our dentists have years of experience with many types of dental implants. They can also perform every stage of your treatment under one roof. Further, we work hard to make our treatments affordable. Because insurance will often cover only the cost of a traditional bridge, we offer CareCredit® to help you cover any out-of-pocket expenses, allowing you to enjoy improved oral health and the many benefits of dental implants without going over your budget.
Restore Your Smile
To find out if you are a candidate for an implant-supported bridge or any other type of dental implant, call our office at (516) 599-083 or contact Smiles on Broadway online. Our doctors want to help restore your confidence in your smile and help you safeguard your oral health.