Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ron Bosher, offers Plano area patients a solution to fix and replace missing teeth. Implant-retained bridges are similar to implant-retained crowns, except instead of replacing one tooth, this procedure replaces multiple missing teeth. Bridges are very common in dentistry for replacing multiple teeth. During this particular procedure, however, the new teeth are supported by implants, rather than by nearby teeth. It is a good alternative for patients who put pressure on their teeth, clench or grind their teeth. An implant-retained bridge is securely attached to the implants through custom abutments all fabricated by digital CAD/CAM dentistry. The latest advances in dental technology create stunning outcomes for patients, resulting in a pretty smile and healthy teeth.
What to Expect
Implants are made of titanium, and this is the first of several steps of this procedure process. First, the implants will be surgically placed directly into the jawbone. This stage takes the longest as it usually requires several months, if not longer, for the implants to settle and for nearby tissue to heal. Dr. Bosher will ensure that the implant has integrated into the jawbone before proceeding to the next phase. Dr. Bosher will then use the CAD/CAM technology to design and fabricate custom abutments, which will attach to the implants, and the final bridge. This is all delivered to the patient at the same time without any need for additional impressions or appointments. The entire process usually takes about five months after the implants are placed. Implant-retained bridges are considered an effective restorative dental option for replacing multiple teeth and providing healthy, natural-looking teeth.
The cost for this procedure will vary depending on the nature of the procedure. This entails how much surgery is needed, if bone grafting was necessary, etc. For cases where the process did not have any additional surgical considerations, the average runs about $2,200 per tooth. In some cases, dental insurance may cover a portion of this cost. Our billing coordinator will work to ensure that all coverage is explained during the consultation process.
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- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $2,500
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Implant-Retained Bridges FAQs
Screw or Cement?
While both of these are good options, Dr. Bosher prefers the screw-retained method. First, the screw-retained option makes it easier to remove the crown should a repair be needed. In addition, it eliminates any cement to be left around the implant, which can cause complications. While technically harder to do, the screwed-retained crowned is our preferred technique.
After placement of the implant, it will need to cleaned daily to remove any plaque and build-up. Like natural teeth, the porcelain bridges have the potential to discolor, fracture and require maintenance every 10 years.
With any surgery, there is always the chance for risk of infection or bleeding after the procedure. In some cases, the implant may fail to integrate. The surgeon will go over these risks prior to surgery. In addition, Dr. Bosher and his staff will discuss proper maintenance and care of the dental work for lasting results.
Custom or Stock Abutments?
Premade abutments or "stock" abutments have no place in a highly demanding aesthetic practice. There are a number of disadvantages to using a stock abutment, and many times the aesthetic results can be compromised. All of the abutments made by Dr. Bosher are custom so that our patients can have the most optimal outcome possible.