implant supported bridges

Your confident smile is our goal.  To get it you’ll need healthy teeth and healthy gums, and you’ll need a dentist with cosmetic dentistry expertise – to get the shape, position, and color of your teeth just right for you.  Whether you need porcelain veneers or a full-mouth restoration, Dr. Forbes and the team at Capital Dental Design in Richmond can help you every step of the way.

Implant Supported Bridges in Richmond, VA

Implant supported bridges are an effective restorative dentistry option that are often recommended for patients missing one or more teeth. Having a missing tooth or teeth can negatively impact your life in so many ways. You can’t enjoy all the foods you once did, your speech becomes altered, and oftentimes people with missing teeth feel self-conscious and experience lowered self-esteem. While there are other treatment options for correcting missing teeth, such as dentures, they do not provide the same natural look and feel as implant supported bridges and also do not stop the loss of jawbone and/or additional teeth.

At Capital Dental Design in Richmond, we can restore your beautiful smile and ability to make full use of your teeth. To learn more about implant supported bridges, please refer to the following, or schedule an appointment today. We proudly serve patients throughout Richmond and the surrounding area, including neighborhoods like Southampton, Stratford Hills, Westover Hills, Bon Air, Libbie and Grove, Church Hill, The Fan, Westham, Museum District, and Mooreland Farms.

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Implant Supported Bridges Process

The implant supported bridge process will begin with an initial consultation, during which Dr. Forbes will evaluate and scan your mouth to determine if you are a viable candidate for implant supported bridges.

If it is determined that implant supported bridges are the best treatment option for you, Dr. Forbes will use ultramodern imaging to determine the strongest, densest places in your jawbone to place the titanium posts. Following this, you will need to return an additional two to four times to complete the process. In some cases, it may be necessary to extract a tooth or teeth and/or perform a bone graft for patients who have lost too much jawbone to adequately support an implant.

Prior to placing the titanium post that will support your bridge, we will numb the area where the implant will be placed. Dental sedation is also available to ensure you experience minimal discomfort and are able to remain relaxed while the procedure is performed. Once you are comfortable, we will make small incisions in your gums and place the titanium posts. The titanium posts will require time to fully fuse with your jawbone (3-6 months).

Following these preparatory steps, impressions of the shaped teeth are made and sent to a laboratory, where your customized bridge will be made to match the color of your surrounding teeth and fit comfortably. During this time, a temporary bridge may be fitted to protect your teeth. Once your bridge has been constructed, you will return for one final visit, during which your permanent bridge is placed, and any modifications are made to ensure the fit is comfortable and the look of the bridge is natural and to your liking.

Aftercare Instructions

Aftercare instructions will be provided following placement of your implant supported bridge. It is important to closely follow these and the following instructions to reduce your risk of complications and have a fast recovery period. If you experience temperature sensitivity, using a sensitive-formula toothpaste may help alleviate this sensitivity.

Once you have completed the healing process, you can begin to take care of your implant supported bridge just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss around the bridge twice daily (at least) and follow a balanced diet that is not overloaded with foods that are sugary or acidic. It is also important to avoid foods that are sticky, crunchy, or hard, as they can damage the bridge. Additional steps you can take to preserve the health of your implant includes drinking more water, especially after every meal and using a mouthwash and/or fluoride toothpaste.

Finally, the most important step you can take to preserve your oral health and avoid the need for additional procedures is to schedule a regular examination with us at least twice a year, or with greater regularity if you are at an increased risk of developing oral health issues. These visits ensure that Dr. Forbes can evaluate your oral health and identify issues before they develop into something worse. They also allow us to perform one of our three types of dental exams: a limited exam (for specific concerns), comprehensive exam (thorough examination of your overall oral health followed by treatment recommendations), or our signature exam, which includes the comprehensive exam as well as a full head and neck exam and ideas for a Digital Smile Design.

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Advantages of Implant Supported Bridges

There are several unique and important advantages to implant supported bridges, which includes the following:

  • Improves overall strength and health of your teeth and gums
  • Reduces your risk of developing oral health issues in the future
  • Restored facial and lip support
  • Secure and comfortable
  • Improves speech
  • Provides constant stimulation to the jawbone, which prevents deterioration
  • No denture adhesives required
  • Decreased gum tissue irritation
  • Restored ability to enjoy more types of food
  • Improved nutritional absorption and digestion
  • Restores your natural healthy-looking smile, which can increase your confidence, improve your social life, and may even create new professional opportunities

Implant Supported Bridges Cost

Several factors will determine the total cost of implanted supported bridges, such as the severity of your case, if dental sedation is necessary, and whether the procedure is covered (and if so, how much) by your dental insurance plan. Prior to scheduling any procedure, we will discuss the anticipated costs, verify your benefits (if applicable) to determine out-of-pocket costs, and answer any questions you may have about billing.

If you are not covered under a dental insurance plan, or if you are simply interested in saving money, consider joining the Capital Dental Design Membership Plan. Although we make every effort to keep our services affordable for all patients, joining our membership plan allows us to save you even more money by covering the cost of preventive care such as cleanings, exams, and routine x-rays. We also offer discounts of 10-15% on other dental services offered at our clinic. To learn more about our membership plan, payment options, or anticipated costs, contact our office today!

Call Today to Schedule a Consultation

At Capital Dental Design in Richmond, one of the main things our patients love about us is that we are a patient-centered practice. We treat our patients like family, which means we take the time to understand who you are, your medical and oral health history, and your oral health goals, because doing so allows us to do everything we can to help you and your family reach those goals.

If you have not joined us as a patient yet and/or if you would like to schedule an appointment to determine whether implant supported bridges are right for you, contact us today online or call us directly at (804) 320-8894.

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