Dr. Kenneth Gasper II has been helping people achieve fully restored smiles for years. His experience in placing and restoring dental implants makes it possible for the entire procedure to be performed in-house, no referral necessary. In the past, patients with multiple missing teeth had only the option of a traditional bridge to restore their smile, but thankfully, advancements in dentistry have made it possible that dental implants offer a more stable and functional alternative. Using titanium implant posts to anchor the prosthetic in place, patients can now feel more confident and comfortable with their smile. Call us today to find out how you can take advantage of the benefits offered by an implant-retained bridge in Colorado Springs.
You will begin with an initial consultation with Dr. Gasper. During this visit, he will examine your smile to determine if you are an eligible candidate for the procedure. Evaluating your teeth, gums, and bone density, he will carefully look to ensure that your mouth is capable of undergoing the process of dental implant placement.
Once he has given you the green light, he will begin by taking impressions of your mouth. These will help the dental lab technicians to build a customized bridge that matches the size, shape, and color of your remaining natural teeth.
He will then place two implant posts, one on either side of the gap. Not only will this help to improve your oral health by stimulating your jawbone, but they will also serve as anchors for the prosthetic as a whole. Three dental crowns will be fused together to create the bridge, two of which will sit on top of their respective implants while the one in the middle will sit on top of the gum line.
Once the implants are in place, you will return home to heal for several months while the implants fused to the bone and nearby tissues. After you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to have the abutments, which are small connector appliances, placed, and then finally, your custom-made bridge.
There is no magical method for taking care of an implant-retained bridge. In fact, you’ll probably be surprised when your dentist suggests that all you need is a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and a commitment to keeping your regular dental appointments to keep it clean. However, there are some additional steps you can take to keep your new and improved, fully restored smile intact for years to come. These include:
If necessary, a water flosser or waxed floss can be a suitable alternative to traditional floss if you’re having trouble removing particles from in between your teeth.