Various materials and techniques are used for dental implant restorations and at first, the choice may seem overwhelming. Your doctor will discuss the options available to you and advise you based on your individual
Acrylic temporary bridge
This type of bridge is connected to the implants via an interface on the day of implant placement. It is fabricated from a softer material than the other types of bridges available and will, therefore, appear slightly bulkier than the final restoration to maintain strength. Acrylic bridges typically last between 6 months and two years. Gentle chewing and soft foods are recommended during this phase for all patients.
Fiber reinforced temporary bridge
An alternative to acrylic restorations, this type of bridge is more natural in appearance and will last for 2-3 years. Fiber reinforced bridges are sometimes also recommended for medium term restorations.
Metal framework and acrylic resin teeth
Regarding cost effectiveness, this is an excellent option. 3D digital imaging is used to design a custom-made titanium framework that is used to support your new acrylic resin teeth. This type of bridge lasts between 5-10 years, and when it comes to replacement, a straightforward and inexpensive resurfacing procedure is often all that is needed, whereby the existing metal framework is re-used, and the new acrylic tooth/ teeth attached.
This is a high-end restoration, regarding cost and appearance. As with the acrylic option, 3D digital imaging is used to design a custom-made titanium framework. This supports a set of bespoke ceramic teeth manufactured from multiple layers of a translucent material to achieve an incredibly realistic final appearance. These teeth do not stain and will maintain their luster for the duration of the restoration, which can be 10 -15 years or more. In full mouth restorations, your doctor may advise you to opt for a combination of bridges. An upper zirconia bridge combined with a lower metal framework and acrylic resin teeth will minimize the ‘clicking’ sound some patients with both upper and lower zirconia bridges experience