For the right candidates, both traditional and implant-supported bridges provide unique benefits. In general, patients who are missing one to three consecutive teeth may be candidates for either type of dental bridge. If you have periodontal disease, it should be treated before moving ahead with any restorative procedure. Because a traditional bridge is anchored to surrounding teeth, those teeth must be structurally sound in addition to being free from dental decay.
Only patients who are good candidates for dental implants can receive implant-supported dental bridges. The primary requirement for getting dental implants is having adequate bone density at the implant site. Dental implant candidates also need to be free from periodontal disease, have good oral and overall health, and not smoke. A patient without sufficient bone density may be a candidate for a bone graft or a sinus lift to build up the bone in the implant area.