A bridge supported by dental implants can restore your oral function and appearance if you are missing more than one tooth. Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS, will create a personalized surgical plan prior to implant placement. In this way, he can minimize your discomfort and recovery time. To provide the most lifelike implant-supported bridges possible, our El Paso, TX, office uses ceramic, porcelain, and zirconia. Keeping your health needs and budget in mind, Dr. Gopin will help you choose the most appropriate option. Regardless of the material you select, your implant-supported bridge can offer incredible benefits. Along with a realistic appearance, it can provide stability and important protection for your jawbone health.
Implant-supported bridges are often the best way to replace more than one missing tooth.
Is an Implant-Supported Bridge Right for You?
If you are missing multiple consecutive teeth, there is a good chance that you are a candidate for an implant-supported bridge. Before he can make a final treatment recommendation, Dr. Gopin will conduct a complete exam. He will first consider your overall health. Autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and similar conditions will play a role in your implants candidacy. He will also evaluate your periodontal wellness. Gum disease can affect your eligibility for implants because subsequent tissue recession would weaken the posts. Fortunately, Dr. Gopin offers a full range of non-surgical and surgical periodontal treatments that can restore your candidacy for implants.
Implants are more durable than standard restorations. With appropriate hygiene and a healthy diet, they can remain in place for the rest of your life.
During your consultation, Dr. Gopin will also take x-rays and other digital images of your jawbone. If you are missing teeth, your bone may have begun to recede. In turn, implants may not have a strong and lasting foundation. Often, Dr. Gopin can reverse bone loss by providing a treatment such as a bone graft, sinus lift, or socket graft.
The Treatment Process for Implant-Supported Bridges
Following any necessary preparatory treatments, Dr. Gopin will refer you to an implants surgeon, who will place the dental implants. Your specialist will tailor your implant surgery to meet your needs and will ensure your comfort throughout. By providing sedation, they can help you relax or even enter a twilight sleep. The doctor will also place the implants in a way that will reduce the impact on your jaw. For example, slightly angling the implants can often eliminate the need for a bone graft. This positioning will maximize the stronger areas of tissue. Typically, your surgeon will need to place two implants for a bridge, although you may need additional posts. Once the posts are all in place, the surgeon will close the incisions with tiny stitches.
Dr. Gopin will place your implant-supported bridge three to six months after your surgery. This period gives your jaw a chance to heal so that the implants fuse with the bone tissue. Your final restoration will be made from advanced material, offering a sparkle and color that is virtually identical to dental enamel. Our bridges are quite durable and can withstand daily wear and tear for decades.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
Implant bridges are very stable, unlike removable restorations that can slip out of place. An implant-supported restoration can give you the confidence to eat and speak without anxiety. Implants are also more durable than standard restorations. With appropriate hygiene and a healthy diet, they can remain in place for the rest of your life. Further, an implant-supported bridge should not affect your healthy teeth. If you choose a traditional bridge, your dentist may be required to drastically reshape the teeth on either side and place your restoration directly on top. Additionally, implants can help ensure your lifelong oral health. Like your natural roots, they stimulate bone growth. Thus, they can protect the natural shape of your jaw and support your teeth.
Because they are more advanced, implant-supported bridges do cost more than traditional restorations. However, Dr. Gopin believes that all his patients deserve superior care and complete oral health. Therefore, he offers several third-party financing solutions, including CareCredit®. Our financial advisor will help you explore your options and file for coverage.
Contact Dr. Gopin’s Office Today
Restore your oral function and gain confidence with an implant-supported bridge. Contact our office online or call (915) 533-4608 to schedule a consultation to determine your candidacy.