It’s estimated that a whopping 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you’re among those with multiple consecutive missing teeth, dental implants are a wonderful solution that can give you a smile that looks and feels natural. And the best part is that just 1-2 implants can be used to support a bridge that replaces 3-4 missing teeth. If you’re interested in seeing how dental implants in Orlando can benefit your smile, give us a call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Russo. He’ll create a customized treatment plan that fits your needs perfectly.
A traditional dental bridge (sometimes referred to as crown and bridgework) first involves putting dental crowns on the two healthy teeth on either side of an empty space. Then these teeth can act as anchors for artificial teeth that are connected to the two crowns, “bridging” the gap created by missing teeth.
An implant-retained bridge is very similar, except that implants are used to anchor the bridge instead of natural teeth. In some cases, two implants will be placed on both sides of a bridge. In others, a natural tooth is on one end (with a dental crown on it) while a single implant is on the other. In addition to providing you with more strength and stability, an implant-retained bridge is also more affordable in the long-term because it can potentially last a lifetime.
Generally speaking, patients with reasonably good oral and general health are candidates for dental implants. But, as an experienced dentist in Orlando, Dr. Russo will do a consultation first to ensure they’re right for you. In addition to a thorough exam, this will include digital X-rays and a CT scan to assess the health of your jawbone and other oral structures.
Over 500,000 people a year are now choosing dental implants to replace their missing teeth and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. Implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth and have a success rate of over 95%. They also provide several benefits that you can’t get from a traditional bridge, including:
Implants are done in phases and the entire process typically takes 3-6 months. The first step is a consultation with Dr. Russo so he can determine that an implant-retained bridge is right for you and whether you need any preliminary dental work such as extractions or a bone graft. If so, these procedures will add to the treatment time and cost.
The placement of the implants takes about 1-2 hours per implant, after which they’ll be given several months to osseointegrate, or fuse, with your jawbone. Then Dr. Russo will complete your implants with a strong, long-lasting bridge that blends in seamlessly with your smile.
If you’re ready for multiple tooth implants in Orlando, Dr. Russo can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.