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A bridge is a restoration for two or more missing teeth in a row. There are many methods for dealing with a multiple-tooth restoration, but an implant-supported bridge is often the most secure and long-lasting option. Common restorations like fixed bridges or removable partials can cause the surrounding bone to weaken because they are dependent on adjacent teeth for support. Implant-supported bridges integrate with the natural bone, providing a much stronger and more natural restoration.
The bridge is placed using just a few implants, depending on how many teeth are missing. Once the implants are placed, temporary teeth are attached over them until it is time to attach the permanent bridge. The result looks just like your natural teeth and allows you to chew and speak properly.
To find out if you are a candidate for implant-supported bridges, contact Crystal Lake Dental Associates at 815-459-2202 to schedule a consultation.