Implant Supported Bridges
A dental implant is a "root" device, usually made of titanium, used to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.
The dental implants are root-form endosseous implants, i.e., they appear similar to an actual tooth root and are placed within the bone. The bone of the jaw accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium post. Osseointegration refers to the fusion of the implant surface with the surrounding bone. Dental implants will fuse with bone and thereafter when the implant is properly integrated in the bone then it can be finally loaded with the dental prosthesis. Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED BRIDGES
With the availability of implants now this has become a possibility, wherein a large edentulous space i.e. a space with no teeth present can be very well restored with permanent and fixed teeth which in earlier time need to be replaced by means of removable denture.
In these cases, a proper diagnosis as well as treatment plan is necessary. The implant can be placed in the prepared sites and after the waiting period of 4-6 months the abutments are placed. After the placement of abutment, the impression is taken and once the prosthesis is completed in the laboratory it is fixed on to the patientís mouth.