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Before and After: Implant Supported Bridge at by Dr. Kathryn Ryan

At Parkway Prosthodontics, we understand the profound impact that dental health has on your overall well-being and confidence. One of our recent patients came to us with a significant issue—a failing implant bridge in the upper front section, specifically units #7-10. The previous bridge had become unstable, causing discomfort and making it difficult for the patient to chew and speak properly. Additionally, the failing bridge affected their self-esteem, as they felt self-conscious about the appearance of their smile.

The initial consultation with Dr. Kathryn Ryan revealed the extent of the problem. A failing implant bridge can lead to a host of dental complications, including gum inflammation, bone loss around the implants, and misalignment of adjacent teeth. Dr. Ryan discussed various treatment options, emphasizing the benefits of replacing the failing bridge with a new, properly integrated implant-supported bridge.

The Treatment Plan: Implant Supported Bridge

A new implant-supported bridge was chosen as the optimal solution for this dental restoration. This approach offers a permanent, natural-looking replacement for the failing bridge, providing both functional and aesthetic benefits. The process involves placing new dental implants into the jawbone, which act as anchors for the bridge.

Dr. Ryan meticulously planned the procedure, starting with a detailed examination and 3D imaging to assess the bone structure and ensure precise implant placement. The patient appreciated the thorough explanation and felt reassured by Dr. Ryan's expertise and the advanced technology used at Parkway Prosthodontics.

The Procedure

The implant placement procedure was performed in three stages.

  1. In the first stage, Dr. Ryan surgically removed the failing implants and inserted new titanium implants into the jawbone.

  2. T his was followed by a healing period, allowing the implants to osseointegrate, or fuse with the bone, creating a stable foundation for the bridge.

  3. Once the implants were securely in place, the third stage involved attaching the custom-made bridge. This bridge was designed to match the patient's natural teeth in color, shape, and size, ensuring a seamless blend with the existing dental structure.

After: A Transformed Smile

The results were nothing short of transformative. The new implant-supported bridge not only restored the patient's ability to chew and speak comfortably but also brought back their radiant smile. The bridge looked and felt like natural teeth, providing a durable and long-lasting solution. The patient's confidence soared as they saw their new smile in the mirror for the first time. They no longer felt the need to hide their teeth and were eager to share their experience with others who might be facing similar dental challenges.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges:

  1. Stability and Durability: Dental implants are made of titanium and integrate with the jawbone, offering a secure foundation for the bridge. This integration, known as osseointegration, ensures that the bridge remains firmly in place.

  2. Preservation of Jawbone: Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing the bone loss that typically occurs when teeth are missing. This helps maintain facial structure and prevents the sunken appearance that can result from bone deterioration.

  3. Natural Appearance: Implant-supported bridges are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The custom-made bridge matches the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless blend with your smile.

  4. Improved Oral Health: Unlike traditional bridges, which require the modification of adjacent teeth, implant-supported bridges do not compromise the health of neighboring teeth. This helps maintain overall oral health and integrity.

  5. Enhanced Comfort and Function: Since the bridge is securely anchored to the implants, it provides improved stability for chewing and speaking, enhancing overall comfort and functionality.

Why Choose Parkway Prosthodontics?

At Parkway Prosthodontics, we are committed to providing top-tier dental care using the latest techniques and technology. Dr. Kathryn Ryan and our dedicated team work tirelessly to ensure every patient receives personalized care tailored to their unique needs. Whether you're dealing with missing teeth, a failing implant bridge, or other dental issues, we're here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

If you’re considering an implant-supported bridge or have any other dental concerns, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan. Let us help you transform your dental health and boost your confidence, just like we did for our patient.

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