Have you lost several teeth and are looking for the right denture for you? Is a fixed restoration important to you? Then an implant bridge is ideal.
What is an implant bridge?
An implant bridge is a bridge that is used to replace several missing teeth next to each other.
For example, we can replace three teeth with an implant-supported bridge in which the middle is pontic and implants support the two outer pillars. But implants can support even larger bridges that should replace many teeth. For this purpose, several dental implants are usually placed, over which a so-called implant-supported, multi-span bridge is drawn.
When a bridge is anchored on an implant and a natural tooth, it is called a composite bridge. Since implants sit rigidly in the jaw and the natural tooth is resilient, it is questionable whether this affects each other negatively and whether this is a problem for the longevity of the implants or teeth.
They usually make the implants of titanium, but ceramic implants are also increasingly being used. Both materials are very suitable for implants because they grow well into the jaw and are very well tolerated. The dental bridge attached to it can be made of a wide variety of materials: ceramic, metal, or veneered, depending on what you like.
Who is the implant bridge suitable for?
The implant-supported bridge is suitable for patients who are missing several teeth and who do not want to wear a removable prosthesis.
This restoration currently offers patients the only possibility of replacing multiple teeth with fixed dentures. It is even possible to restore a completely edentulous jaw with implant-supported bridges. This can, for example, solve the problem of the unsafe hold of a full denture. It requires 6 implants in the lower jaw and 8 in the upper jaw. The latest treatment concepts such as all on 4 even get by with only 4 implants but are still being discussed.
The prerequisites for dental implants are a healthy tooth holding apparatus without inflammation and with enough jawbone to anchor the dental implant. Besides, the patient’s health should permit an operation, as we place the implants in a small surgical procedure. But even a small amount of jawbone or inflammation does not pose a problem: if there is not enough bone left, it can still provide patients with implants using a bone structure. Inflammation of the periodontium can also be effectively treated.
If you want fixed dentures, but don’t want too many dental implants, a hybrid prosthesis, such as a telescopic prosthesis, could also be a solution for you.
How does the treatment with an implant bridgework?
If you are interested in an implant bridge, it is best to seek advice from a dentist you trust. He will first examine you and discuss the various options with you. Depending on how many teeth are missing, there may be different options. You will also discuss the design of the implant-supported denture, your bridge, such as the choice of material with your dentist.
Your dentist will then draw up a treatment and cost plan you can submit to the health insurance company or have dental experts check for potential savings.
Place bone augmentation and implants
If you need bone grafting, your dentist will perform this treatment first. Once the healing is complete, we can place your dental implants. You can find out more about the exact procedure for treatment with implants here.
Molding and applying the dentures
After the healing phase, the planned implant-borne dentures can be produced and applied to your new implants. To do this, the dentist takes an impression of the jaw with the healed implants. Then your dentures are produced in the laboratory and directly fixed for the next meeting with your implants.
The implant-supported bridge: advantages and disadvantages
The advantages briefly
- Fixed: feeling almost like your own teeth
- aesthetically very appealing
- You can eat optimally
- You have no difficulty speaking
The disadvantages briefly
- no subsidy from the fund
- Long treatment time: healing time and possibly bone formation
- not suitable for every patient as it involves surgery
The costs: What does the health insurance company cover?
Statutory health insurance does not cover any costs for the implants themselves. You only get the fixed allowance for the standard care that corresponds to your situation. Since the restoration with an implant bridge can look quite different, the costs are also very variable. It also depends on which material you want for the bridge itself and how high the laboratory costs for manufacturing it is. It makes the total costs up of the costs for the implants, the placement, and the costs for the bridge.
The costs vary between around €2500 to €15,000.