Implant supported bridge
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth.
When do I need an implant supported bridge?
An implant-supported bridge is needed when two or more teeth are missing in an area. It also may be used when your dentist is concerned that you might put too much pressure on individual implants that are not connected to each other. The implants will be placed next to natural teeth, the natural teeth and surrounding gums must be in good health. If you don’t have enough bone to place and support the dental implants, the supporting bone can be built up using bone augmentation or grafting before the actual implant procedure begins. The “all-on-four” technique is used when all teeth are missing in an arch either upper or lower.