What is a fixed bridge?
Traditional fixed bridge: This bridge is the most common. It has two or more crowns and a filler tooth or teeth that are all connected. The crowns keep the bridge in place. Traditional bridges are made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramics.
Implant-supported bridges are very similar to traditional bridges. However, instead of being supported by dental crowns placed over adjacent teeth, implant-supported bridges attach to titanium posts embedded in the jaw.
How long do implant bridges last?
A traditional dental bridge lasts between five to 15 years on average. Factors that can affect the lifespan of this restoration include the type of material used, the amount of wear and tear, and overall oral health. With proper care and attention, a traditional bridge can last 20 years or longer.
Implant bridge Is a good option if you are missing three or more teeth since dentist will place implants on the sides and bridge will be placed over dental implants ( So doctor will use implants instead of shaving your natural teeth to support a bridge).
In the future you will be able to use those implants for something else, let’s say for All-on-4 options if needed.
Is a dental implant painful?
This is essentially the answer to your question, “do dental implants hurt?” Local anesthesia will numb the nerves surrounding the dental implant area. With numbed nerves, you can expect not to feel any pain during your dental implant procedure. You may feel pressure at times, but it should not cause you discomfort.
Your dentist will place the titanium implant in your jaw bone, right below the gums. This surgery usually takes about 30 minutes up to 1 hours for each implant being placed. After this step is complete, most dentists will wait about 3 months before the final restoration of the tooth replacement.
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