Rather than supported by natural teeth, the dental bridge is supported by implants, which puts less stress on your natural, healthy teeth.
In the long term, implants are aesthetic, functional and comfortable – plus, they will take care of your oral structure for the rest of your life, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Being a full-time implant dentist, Dr Gutierres has invested heavily into his practice with modern equipment, materials and the latest technology with digital X-rays and CT scanners that help make the impossible possible.
Types of dental implants as explained by Dr Gutierres.
The price for this type of treatment can vary because it will depend on the number of implants used.
The price can also differ depending on any pre-implant procedures you might require; for example, if you need a sinus lift or bone graft, this can increase the final cost.
However, as an indication, the treatment alone costs £2,000, inclusive of the crowns, post (abutment) and implant. The price is also inclusive of the dentist’s time.
Dental implants are small titanium screws fixed into your jaw.
After three-six months, the implant has had enough time to fuse with the bone and heal – this means it is ready and strong enough to hold the abutment and crowns.
If the break between implantation and final restoration worries you, please note that we provide temporary teeth repairs in the meantime, which will cover the gaps.
There are other faster implant methods. But these are often reserved for patients in need of full-arch rehabilitation – if you are concerned about the length of treatment.
Therefore, it’s always best to book a consultation; that way, we will be able to detail what’s possible and how long treatment can take.
Traditional bridges are held in place by cemented crowns on either side of the gap that needs filling.
And as conventional bridges require the adjoining teeth to be crowned to support the bridge, healthy teeth need to be filed down unnecessarily.
However, we can avoid this invasive process with implant-supported bridges and leave your natural teeth intact and preserved.
If your existing teeth are healthy, as dental professionals, we would advise that it is preferable to avoid damaging them, making implant-supported bridges an ideal alternative.
A dental bridge is a standard restorative tooth replacement method that replaces teeth individually or multiple missing teeth in the same area.
We position one implant into the jawbone in usual implant-supported bridge cases. The crowns are then connected to form one piece.
Here at Maida Smiles, our implant technology is so enhanced that we can digitally plan the implant site and angulation before placement – this means we can achieve even better results before.
If you have missing teeth in a row, you will likely be a perfect candidate for bridgework.
However, to secure the bridge with implants, you will be required to have enough jawbone to hold the titanium posts securely.
During your free implant consultation, we will assess the mouth’s condition and your jawbone mass – this will tell us if you are ready to have implants immediately or require pre-implant procedures like bone grafts and sinus lifts.
These additional procedures ensure that your mouth is healthy and stable enough to hold implants. As bone does not regrow or regenerate, we may need to add more bone into the jawbone and allow for this to heal before we go back in and place implants.
In some circumstances, we can carry out sinus lifts and place dental implants simultaneously, but it will entirely depend on your oral condition.
Whether you need an implant placed for single tooth loss or multiple tooth loss, the Maida Smiles cosmetic team can help ensure your implants blend flawlessly with existing teeth.