What is a Dental Bridge: A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (a fixed dental prothesis) used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

Preparation before surgery: An implant-supported bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing. It also may be used when your dentist is concerned that you might put too much pressure on implants that are not connected to each other. For example, clenching or grinding your teeth can put a lot of pressure on individual implants. This can increase the chances that they will loosen from the bone and fail. An implant-supported bridge reduces the pressure on each implant and spreads it across the entire bridge. If the implants will be placed next to natural teeth, the natural teeth and gums must be in good health. If you don't have enough bone to place and support the dental implants, the bone can be built up using bone augmentation or grafting before the actual implant procedure begins.

Estimated Recovery Time: 1 day

Estimated Hospital Stay: No hospitalization necessary

What to do after surgery: You will be able to clean the area between the gum and the bridge. Your dentist may recommend a special type of floss or a small brush for this type of cleaning. Otherwise, you can treat the bridge like your natural teeth. Call your dentist if you have any problems with your implant-supported bridge. Your dentist will want to see you for a checkup after six months. On X-rays, you will be able to see the implants in the bone, and the bridge. In addition to the risks of surgery and the possibility of the implants failing, screws can break or loosen. Crowns also can break or come loose.  Your implant-supported bridge will feel more secure and comfortable than a removable partial denture, which rests on the gums. You should be able to chew normal food comfortably, and the bridge should look like the natural teeth it is replacing.

Cost of procedure in Ecuador:  $540+

Estimated savings:  67%

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