Implant bridges are used to replace the support lost from missing teeth, avoid the need to drill down the adjacent teeth and do not require an implant for every missing tooth. The space, gum tissue and underlying bone must be suitable to place dental implants.
The implants are then strategically placed to replace missing teeth. Once the implants are stable and the healing process complete, an abutment will be attached to the implant to connect the final bridge (prosthesis) to it. An impression is then performed recording the contours of the abutments or the position of the implant tops. Once this is complete, an implant bridge is then fabricated and retained in place using cement or screws.
Although bridges are not susceptible to cavities, oral hygiene needs to be maintained in order to assure proper function.