Reliable Implant-Supported Bridges

Missing teeth can significantly affect your oral health and comfort, as well as your facial appearance. For years, two or more consecutive missing teeth were treated with traditional bridges that were attached to your natural but modified neighboring teeth. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, dentists can now attach dental bridges to dental implants for improved oral function and dental aesthetics. Dr. Ron Shiver can provide implant-supported bridges treatment from start to finish at his Valdosta, GA, office to restore your smile.

Illustrated demonstration of how a bridge is attached to implants anchored in the jaw.

Like a traditional bridge, implant-supported bridges can replace up to three consecutive missing teeth so that your smile looks and functions the way it did before tooth loss.

The Consultation & Implant Placement

At your consultation, Dr. Shiver will perform a thorough oral evaluation of your smile, taking detailed images of your teeth and associated oral structures with advanced technology such as an in-office computerized tomography (CT) scanner. Based off this information, he can determine if implants are the right therapy to meet your needs. Unlike traditional bridges, which can replace anywhere between one to three missing teeth, Dr. Shiver typically recommends implant-supported bridges to replace several consecutive missing teeth. If implants do seem appropriate, he can begin preparing an extremely precise surgical plan. 

Dr. Shiver is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and outcomes to all of his dental patients.

On the day of your surgery, we will make sure you are comfortable with a local anesthetic and, if you prefer, nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Dr. Shiver can then make small incisions in your gums and create a hole at the jawbone where the implant post is then placed. At this time, the doctor may affix a temporary bridge to the implants to complete your smile while your jawbone heals.

Osseointegration & Permanent Bridge Placement

Over the next few months, your implant will fuse with the adjacent bone in a process called osseointegration that can take up to six months. Once the process is complete, patients can return to our office to have their permanent bridge placed. At this time, Dr. Shiver will ensure that your restoration matches the surrounding teeth in shade and shape.

The Advantages of Implant-Retained vs Traditional Crowns

Implant-supported bridges afford the patient a number of unique advantages over traditional bridges, including:

  • Preserving healthy teeth by eliminating the need to alter adjacent teeth to support the bridge
  • Providing decades of support for your bridge
  • Full confidence that your prosthetic is firmly in place while eating, speaking, and laughing 
  • An easy at-home hygiene routine that is like caring for natural teeth
  • Halting jawbone deterioration
  • Preventing puckered lips, collapsed cheeks, and other signs of tooth loss

The osseointegration process is largely what makes dental implants the preferred form of tooth-replacement. Since the implants are fortified with the strength of your jawbone, they provide an unmatched level of reliability and sturdiness to the attached bridge.

Additionally, in fusing with the jawbone, the implant post essentially performs the function of a tooth root. In doing so, the implant stimulates the jawbone and actually stops bone deterioration associated with tooth root loss. 

Rebuild Your Smile

Dr. Shiver is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and outcomes to his patients. Learn how his decades of service can transform your smile. Call us at (229) 247-0923, or schedule your consultation online.

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