Can Two Implants Support a Three Tooth Bridge?

Can Two Implants Support a Three Tooth Bridge?

Q: But first; this just in: Rhoda Died. (No, not Rhoda your neighbor who is sooooo passive aggressive she is not coming over for bridge anymore!) Rhoda Morgenstern a.k.a Valerie Harper. Not too indirectly, I became a dentist because of her. Follow me on this one:

I would watch the Mary Tyler Moore show in the 70’s, then Rhoda, a spin-off, then the Bob Newhart show, another James L. Brooks masterpiece. Bob Newhart played Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist, who had a best friend named: Jerry the Dentist, a cool, funny bachelor with plaid bellbottom pants and a bachelor condo with orange shag carpet. (For shagging, I guess.) A mentor was born, although fictitious.

Many patients in a respectable attempt to save money, will ask if they can replace three continuous teeth in a row with only two implants of support. Can this be done? Only if the following is present:

  • Adequate dense bone to allow for large diameter implants.
  • Sinuses and important nerves must be far away from the implant sites to allow for long implants.
  • Patient must be great at home care, as the three teeth, (crowns) will be “bridged together”, ie. Connected. You cannot floss between them without using alternative devices which can be tricky.
  • Crucial: A bite that has enough overlap of the upper and lower canine teeth that prevents biting forces from hitting the bridge work during side- to- side jaw movements. We call this in the “biz”: anterior guidance.

I highly suggest you attend our next seminar on this and see some awesome slides and enjoy a hot pretzel.

Editor’s Note: Dr. Josephs will be giving his latest FREE seminar to the public, “New Digital technology for Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry” on Friday November 8th, 2019 at 11:30 AM to 12:30pm at the Double Tree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens, on PGA Blvd. All attendees receive a FREE copy of his book: “Tooth Talk: What Educated Dental Patients Need to know about 21st Century Dental Treatment” and a complimentary office consultation. ONLY 48 SEATS REMAIN. Call or email us today! 561-832-2917. drjosephs@palmbeachdentist.com

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