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digital rendering of a mouth showing a single dental implant on the lower right jaw and an implant supported dental bridge on the lower left jaw at <a  class='TParticle'  href='/p/dentist-Florence-AL-Home-p64903.asp'  title='Home Singing River Dentistry Florence, AL dentist Florence AL'  >Singing River Dentistry</a> in Florence, ALThe transition from complete and partial dentures to an implant dental bridge offers patients a stable, natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Traditional dentures were once the only choice for replacing a full arch of missing teeth. But they have issues such as discomfort, slippage, and a less realistic appearance. An implant bridge is a more permanent and secure option. It anchors the prosthetic teeth into dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. This enhances stability, and stimulates bone growth in the jaw, and prevents the bone loss that often comes with total tooth loss. An implant dental bridge is a restoration that mimics the look and function of natural teeth. It gives patients the confidence to smile, speak, and eat with ease.

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What Are Dentures Supported by a Dental Implant-Anchored Bridge?

Complete & partial dentures supported by a dental implant supported bridge are a dental solution that combines the versatility of dentures with the stability of dental implants. Traditional dentures rely on adhesives and suction to stay in place, but an implant system anchors dentures to implants surgically embedded in the jawbone. The implants ensure that the denture remains secure while eating and speaking. This enhances the comfort and functionality of the prosthetic and provides a more natural appearance. In addition, dental implants contribute to better oral health by preventing bone loss in the jaw.

Types of Dentures

Dentures come in multiple types that are tailored to individual needs. Traditional dentures are employed when all of the natural teeth have been lost. They are a full set of artificial teeth attached to an acrylic base that attaches to the gums using adhesives and suction.

Partial dentures are utilized when some natural teeth remain. Partials use a framework to attach prosthetic teeth to the remaining natural teeth.

Immediate dentures are fabricated in advance and placed immediately after tooth extraction, ensuring that patients do not go without teeth while healing.

Implant supported dentures, also called overdentures, are supported by dental implants and offer a more permanent and secure solution compared to traditional dentures. This is accomplished by anchoring the prosthetic to dental implants embedded in the jawbone.

Types of Bridges

Bridges come in many types, and are a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth, but not a full arch of missing teeth.

Traditional bridges are the most common, and consist of artificial teeth anchored by crowns on the adjacent natural teeth.

Cantilever bridges are similar, but they are supported by a single adjacent tooth instead of two.

Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of adjacent teeth, without crowns.

Implant-supported bridges attach to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. This provides stability and durability.

Types of Dental Restorations Supported by Implants

Dental implants offer a solid foundation for various types of dental restorations. An implant-supported crown is a single prosthetic tooth secured to an individual implant.

Implant-supported bridges utilize multiple implants to support a series of artificial teeth. This provides stability and prevents bone loss.

For those missing a full arch of teeth, implant-supported dentures offer a secure and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures. All-on-4 or All-on-6 implanted dentures are a procedure where 4 or 6 implants are strategically placed to support a full arch of fixed teeth with less surgical intervention than replacing each individual tooth with a single implant and crown.

Implant Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are a secure and stable alternative to traditional dentures. They combine the benefits of dentures with the reliability of dental implants. Conventional dentures that rest on the gums are not as secure, they slip, and are sometimes uncomfortable. Implant-supported dentures are anchored to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. This enhances stability during eating and speaking and promotes better oral health because the implants prevent bone loss in the jaw.

Patients may choose removable and fixed implant-supported dentures. This provides flexibility for individual preferences. This restoration produces a confident, comfortable bite, and prevents the common concerns that come with traditional dentures.

Implant Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges offer a durable and stable remedy for patients with multiple missing teeth, but who are not missing a full arch. Implant-supported bridges are the best solution for cases where the absence of adjacent teeth complicate, or prevent, the use of a traditional bridge. They restore the smile and prevent bone loss in the jaw that is common with missing teeth.

Implant Supported Crowns

Implant-supported crowns are a highly effective solution for individual missing teeth. A dental implant is placed into the jawbone, and serves as an anchor for a custom-crafted crown. The crown is stable, functional, and is fabricated to replicate the natural tooth. In addition, the implant prevents bone loss by stimulating the jaw. This approach allows patients to have a full restored smile with a single-tooth replacement that integrates seamlessly into their smile.

The Procedure

The procedure for implant-supported dental restorations has several stages. We begin with a comprehensive examination, consultation, and planning. After the procedure is planned, dental implants are strategically placed into the jawbone. During several months of healing, the implants integrate with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. This ensures a strong and stable foundation.

Once the implants are healed, abutments are attached to them. These serve as connections to the prosthetic. The custom-designed restorations are fabricated to fit precisely over the abutments, and lastly, the prosthetic is securely attached to the implants to complete the restoration process.

Advantages of Dental Implant Supported Restorations

There are several advantages to choosing implant supported restorations. The most important being the security of implanted anchors holding the dental restorations in place.

Natural Look and Feel

Dental implant restorations have a more realistic look than traditional dentures. The feel and function of implant restorations mimic natural teeth much closer than their non-implant counterparts.

Improved Chewing Ability

Chewing with implant supported restorations is like chewing with natural teeth. There is never any slippage.

Preserving Jaw Bone Health

When teeth are lost, the jaw is no longer stimulated, and bone density is lost. Dental implants keep the jaw and jawline strong.


We encourage our patients to ask questions about every procedure so that we can make sure that we are helping you make the best decisions for your lifestyle, preferences, and dental health. If you have any questions, please contact the Singing River Dentistry team by calling us at (256) 904-4220.

How many teeth can go on an implant bridge?

Dental implant bridges can replace anywhere from one to four teeth. But other restorations may make better sense for the patient long term.

How long do implant-supported dentures last?

With proper care, they last 10 to 20 years, and sometimes even longer. But it is vital that patients clean and maintain their implant supported dentures diligently.

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Dentures to Implant Bridge in Florence, AL
Implants offer a variety of restorative options for our patients in Florence, AL to replace missing teeth. Call us on Helton Drive today to schedule!
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