Chris Mc Farland, D.M.D.
Marie C. Schweinebraten, D.M.D.
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Atlanta Fixed Bridge - Implant Supported Multiple Tooth ReplacementDental bridges provide patients with an intelligent and cost effective solution for replacing one or more teeth that typically cover a range of adjacent teeth.
Bridgework can also span an entire arch....all 12 or 14 teeth, assuming wisdom teeth no longer exist. For entire spans, where no healthy remaining tooth structures exist, implants of one form or another are required to keep the prosthetic teeth in a fixed position.
Full arch prosthetic teeth without permanent attachment implants is a treatment that describes a normal denture product (dentures are a form of a removable bridge).
Custom Dentures and Partial Denture AlternativesCosmetic, designer grade denture products are also available as an affordable option for replacing full or partial spans of teeth. Visit our page for more details.
Common Popular Bridgework DentistryCemented dental bridges are very popular. Insurance companies like them too. Affordability can be a breeze when compared to other more costly treatment options.
See our adjacent photos for common bacteria and leakage failures.
Implant Supported BridgesDental implants are known to be the Gold Standard of Tooth Replacement by virtue of the bone stimulating characteristics of implant devices and the ability to attach true designer grade porcelain products that mimic real teeth.
Barring complication arising from bone or tissue disease, trauma, bad occlusion, patient neglect and rampant bacteria build up, nothing surpasses dental implants in having the greatest potential for having and maintaining near perfect oral health and dentition.
Bridgework that is permanently anchored and fortified with traditional implants offer patients an "in-between" intelligent means of getting the most economic and treatment benefit from combinations of procedures.
Long spans can be easier to accommodate with metal infrastructures and strategic implant placements and therefore allow the creative implant dentist to maximize the value of the treatment dollar.
Porcelain Bridge Teeth and CrownsFixed bridgework permits the use of high end cosmetic dentistry products that can be out of reach for most patients who are considering individual restorations for a series of individual implants.
Short spans... long spans.... zirconia, high noble gold and titanium bridge frames that potentially can last forever.
The adjacent pictures of Nobel Biocare products demonstrates the range of technical expertise and cosmetic creativity that can be used by dentists and prosthodontists who provide the widest range of tooth replacement choices... regardless of budget.
The Wisest Choice?Ironically, the patients who make the wisest choices of what multi-tooth replacement procedure should be used are those who have had failures with previously cemented bridges (to prepared anchor teeth). The first picture on this page represents a common example.
Most patients who are considering bridgework for the first time, commonly select the most economical treatment. The choice is a good one and can be very efficient... for folks who quickly acquire the daily oral health habits, maintenance and healthy eating and chewing habits required for bridges cemented to natural tooth structures.
Leakage caused a breakdown in cementation strength... while biting forces on the bridge create the torque for destroying what is supposed to be a rock solid anchor point. Once initiated, it is almost impossible to remediate without more treatment.
Although bacteria can infect an implant site, there is no concern about a cementation failure occuring. Implant bridges are secured mechanically... by the dentist and typically cannot be removed by the patient (a new Marius Bridge product has overcome this event).
Fixed implant supported bridgework provides unbelievable function and longevity. Patients following through with routine visits back to our office for cleaning (asepsis) and inspection can indeed prevent the need for retreatment.
The Right Choice?Many patients do very very well with non-implant supported dental bridges. Patients who want to assure themselves of not being required to repeat treatment with tooth and gum preparations that might be additionally invasive need only to be objective and honest with themselves about self care habits.
Patients with busy lifestyles, busy work schedules, frequent traveling, high profile career activities are encouraged to consult with Dr. Mc Farland for help in making a decision that makes the most sense... in the short term AND the long term.
Call our office at (770) 623-0930 to schedule a consult to learn more about the differences of cemented and implant supported bridgework.
Patients with specific questions about porcelain cosmetics, gum loss, bone loss or any other condition that can affect efficient use of bridgework are invited to contact us directly with our on-line Ask The Dentist form. Dr. Marie or Dr. Chris will respond directly with the answers and information you are seeking.