Implant-Retained Bridge – Pepper Pike, OH

Seamless Multi-Tooth Replacement

Are you missing multiple teeth? Those gaps in your smile are more than an aesthetic problem. You may find it difficult to chew your favorite foods. You are also at an increased risk of future oral health problems. Replacing your lost teeth can restore your dental function and maybe even give you a big confidence boost! While modern dentistry offers a number of tooth replacement options, we believe that implant-supported prosthetics are a cut above the rest. On this page, you will learn more about how dental implants in Pepper Pike can help to rebuild your smile.

Two Consecutive Missing Teeth

Patient talking to dentist about implant-retained bridge in Pepper Pike

If you are missing two teeth in a row, we will likely recommend that you receive a two-unit bridge. Your dentist in Pepper Pike, Dr. Vladimir Pastouk, will place a single dental implant in your jaw. After the implant bonds with the bone around it, you will receive a restoration that consists of a crown and a pontic (artificial tooth). The crown will be directly attached to the implant, and the pontic will be supported by the crown. You can think of this type of restoration sort of like a “two for one” deal!

Three or More Consecutive Missing Teeth

Close-up illustration of three-unit dental implant bridge

If you have three missing teeth in a row, you will need two dental implants to fill in the gap. The implants will go at each end of the empty space, and they will each support a crown. The crowns will support a pontic between them. In fact, the implants and crowns may be able to support up to three pontics, which means that this type of restoration can replace up to five total consecutive missing teeth.

If you are missing more than five teeth in a row, Dr. Pastouk will carefully evaluate your situation and let you know exactly how many dental implants you should receive and what type of restoration should go on top of them.

Multiple Missing Teeth Throughout an Arch

Portrait of smiling senior woman with implant-supported dental prosthetic

What if your missing teeth are not all adjacent to one another? You may benefit from an implant-supported partial denture. This type of prosthetic is like a puzzle piece that fits in exactly where it is needed in order to replace multiple teeth at various places throughout a dental arch. Dr. Pastouk will strategically place the implants so your procedure is as minimally invasive as possible and your new teeth still get all the support they need to provide you with outstanding function.

Benefits of Implant-Retained Bridges and Partial Dentures

Close-up of mature woman’s beautiful, bright, healthy smile

Implant-retained prosthetics offer multiple advantages:

  • They support jawbone health
  • They provide an incredibly strong bite force
  • The artificial teeth are extremely natural-looking
  • Dental implants usually last for 30 years or longer; their restorations may last well over 10 years
  • Since dental implants are self-supporting, there is no need to modify any of the nearby natural teeth

Are you ready to learn how an implant-supported bridge or partial denture may be able to restore your smile? Contact your dentist in Pepper Pike today to request an appointment. We look forward to serving you!