Rather than being held in place by your natural teeth such as regular dental bridges, implant-retained bridges are instead supported by crowns installed in your existing teeth and to the implants in the jawbone. Your new implants are made of titanium and they are surgically incorporated into your jaw to help support the new teeth. Crowns are subsequently attached to the surrounding teeth to assist in securing the implant. This type of bridge would be a good solution to replace several missing teeth, but it can also be used to prevent putting too much strain on the implant. This process performed by Dr. Justin Becerra utilizes innovative technology to create a lasting and improved smile. At Alpine Dental Arts in Lakewood, CO, we only utilize high-quality materials to give you a beautiful and natural smile. Implant-retained bridges are a more affordable remedy to restore lost teeth and help you get back the appearance and function of your previous teeth.
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"If you’ve ever felt anxiety about going to the dentist - look no more! Alpine Dental Arts provides a dentist, Justin Becerra, DDS, and staff that will ease your worries! My husband and I had been discussing changing our dentist. A friend of our family was insistent that we give her dentist a try, because her entire family was so impressed with them. My husband and I decided to give Alpine Dental Arts a try, and we actually signed up with a new dental plan to make that happen.We were NOT disappointed ~ Dr Becerra and his staff are amazing! We all know how important the front desk is for first impressions and accommodations. Ramona and Kathy are very welcoming to each and every client, greeting them by name. They are very knowledgeable on dental procedures, and are always willing to assist with all insurance needs. They share a great sense of humor, as does the entire staff, which always helps to make you feel a little more relaxed and comfortable, especially in a dental office.I had the pleasure of having my first 6 month checkup/cleaning done by Crystal. She did a fabulous job with cleaning my teeth, and I told her that she was the first hygienist to clean my teeth without any discomfort. After my cleanings, I leave their office feeling like I had not been to the dentist. Crystal is very professional, does a great job as a hygienist, and is very calming. I have not had the pleasure of working with Joan, but I’m sure she is just as accommodating and professional.Then there is Barb, who has totally turned my life around with a beautiful smile! She accomplished this without me having to go through expensive braces or invasive procedures. I’m 65, and had pretty much planned on dealing with my teeth as they were from here on out. Over the years, they had turned yellow, and it was difficult for me to smile when having my picture taken. The tops of my front lower teeth had been chiseled away by my teeth grinding. I had two upper, pointed canines that had open spaces between nearby teeth. I finally decided to have my teeth whitened professionally, since the over the counter products didn’t seem to do the job. Barb was so patient and explained the whitening process very thoroughly. During my followup visit, she suggested I might be interested in having some bonding work done on the above mentioned problem areas. I wasn’t even aware of such procedures. She actually performed a quick sample of the procedure on my teeth so I would have an idea of what it would look like (before and after). Needless to say, I had the procedures done by Barb, at a low cost. She was very careful, and it was obvious she is a perfectionist. She wanted everything placed perfectly and shining. It was a very simple and quick procedure, with no pain, and no novocaine. It did wonders for my self-esteem!The newest member of the team, Justin Becerra, DDS, replaced the previous and wonderful Steven Anundsen, DDS (who retired). Dr Becerra is amazing as well. Both my husband and I felt very comfortable with Dr Becerra, and both agreed that he is definitely well educated in his field. He kept the incredible staff, which was encouraging to their clients, right from the start. He is very professional, and joins the entire staff with the ability to enlighten your day. Kudos to Alpine Dental Arts!"- C.D. / Google / Sep 06, 2018
The best candidates for implant bridges are patients who are missing multiple teeth due to a variety of circumstances, such as trauma, genetics, or lifestyle choices. They may also be a good option for those prone to jaw clenching and teeth grinding. You must have pristine gum health to be eligible to receive an implant. If not, a bone graft or augmentation may need to be done prior to implant installation. Dr. Becerra will evaluate your overall dental health and decide whether implant bridges are right for you.
What to Expect
The installation of implant bridges is a multi-step procedure. The first step is the surgical placement of the implant into your jaw. The tissue around the gums will then need several months to recover while allowing the implant time to integrate properly. Before continuing, Dr. Becerra will verify the successful integration of the implant with digital x-rays. If they show that integration has gone according to plan, then it's on to the next stage of the procedure. Your custom bridge will be connected to your implant and the crowns will be placed on your adjacent teeth. Dr. Becerra will tweak your bridge if necessary for comfort and fit.
Throughout each step of the process, your implant will need to be properly cleaned every day. Dr. Becerra could also suggest using special tools which will lead to a more thorough cleaning between the gum and bridge. You should also keep attending twice yearly cleanings to check the implant as necessary to optimize your oral health.
The cost of the procedure can fluctuate based upon the amount of lost teeth that need to be replaced. During your consult, Dr. Becerra will talk to you about the various restorative dentistry treatments that may best meet your goals and price range. Our financial planner will consult with your insurer, if you have one, to ascertain what may or might not be paid for by your policy. Alpine Dental Arts also offers numerous payment methods to help make your procedure more affordable.
The implant bridge procedure is a promising, sturdy choice for the replacement of missing teeth. Using advanced, contemporary technologies, Dr. Becerra provides implant-retained bridges to revive our patients' smiles. To find out if implant-retained bridges would be the right option for you, call Alpine Dental Arts to arrange your appointment.