Reviewed by Dr. Brent Boyse, DDS

Are you tired of gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth? If you have been considering dental restoration, a multi-implant bridge might be your best tooth replacement option. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about multi-implant bridges and how they can help improve your oral health and quality of life.

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What Are Multi-Implant Bridges?

Multi-implant bridges are a type of prosthetic dental restoration that uses several implants to bridge the gaps in your smile. This type of bridge is a great option if you are missing multiple teeth, have a weak jawbone structure, or need extra support for their dental implant.

As the name suggests, dental implants support the bridge, rather than the neighboring natural teeth. Two or more implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone. This helps stabilize the bridge and makes it much easier to maintain than traditional bridges, which usually require four abutment teeth on either side of the gap to be modified and fitted with crowns.

Depending on the patient’s needs and preferences, they can be fixed or removable. Additionally, multi-implant bridges come in different materials, such as ceramic or porcelain.

The Key Benefits of Multi-Implant Bridges

Multi-implant bridges offer a number of advantages over traditional bridges. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Increased stability and strength: As implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, they provide a solid foundation for the artificial teeth and ensure a secure fit. Implants are impervious to decay and therefore will last much longer than tooth-supported bridges.
  • Improved appearance: Multi-implant bridges look and feel natural, giving you a confident and natural smile.
  • Natural chewing capacity: Using multiple implants provides greater support for the bridge, allowing you to chew as normal without worrying about movement or shifting.
  • Durable and long-lasting: Multi-implant bridges are more durable and can last longer than traditional bridges. The dental implants effectively stimulate bone growth, which prevents bone loss that is commonly experienced with other types of bridges.
  • Improved oral health: Because they rely on dental implant support rather than natural teeth, they help avoid decay and gum disease. Implants also help to maintain a healthy jawbone by preserving bone structure.

For more information on this topic please read, How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Overall Health and Contribute to a Better Quality of Life.

Key Takeaway

The failure rate of implants in smokers is four times greater than non-smokers. Even light smoking after dental implant surgery can be detrimental to the success of your dental implants.

The Process of Receiving a Multi-Implant Bridge

Typically, the process for receiving multi-implant bridges takes several months, depending on individual patient needs. It usually consists of four steps:

  1. Initial consultation: At your appointment, your oral surgeon will carefully evaluate your jawbone density and overall health to determine if a multi-implant bridge is right for you. They may take X-rays and 3D scans of the affected area.
  2. Dental implant placement: Your oral surgeon will insert the dental implants into your jawbone. This process usually takes two to four appointments, depending on how many implants are needed.
  3. Recovery process: After the implants are in place, your jawbone needs to heal and fuse with them. This process, called osseointegration, can take several months. Read the blog Tips for a Speedy Recovery After Oral Surgery for ideas on how to help the heakling process.
  4. Attaching the bridge: Once the implants have healed and bonded with the jawbone, you’ll return to your oral surgeon for the attachment of the bridge.

Trust AZ Max Oral Surgeons for Your Multi-Implant Bridge

Don’t let missing teeth compromise your oral health or self-confidence any longer. At AZ Max Oral Surgeons, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care and helping them achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

If you’re searching for dental implants in Mesa, Arizona or an oral surgeon in Mesa, AZ, call or text (480) 830-5866 to book an appointment or complete the online booking form. Together, we can help restore your beautiful smile and improve your oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Implants Do You Need for a Bridge?

The number of implants you need will depend on the size and shape of your missing teeth. On average, two to four implants are necessary for a bridge.

What Is the Disadvantage of Implant-Supported Bridge?

One disadvantage is that implant treatment is more expensive than a traditional bridge. Additionally, the implants may take several months to heal fully before the bridge is attached.

How Long Does a Multi-Implant Bridge Last?

A multi-implant bridge can last 10 to 15 years or even longer with proper care and maintenance. Your oral surgeon may recommend regular check-ups to ensure your bridge is in optimal condition.

For more information on how to extend the life of dental implants, read How to Keep Your Dental Implants Healthy and Decay-Free.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Bridge?

The entire process can take several months, including healing time for implants and placement of the bridge. However, this timeline may vary depending on individual needs.

What Is the Success Rate of Multi-Implant Bridges?

Multi-implant bridges have a high success rate of up to 98%. As with any dental procedure, there is still some risk of failure. However, they are generally considered a safe and reliable option for dental restoration.