Implant-Supported Bridges in Bridgeville, PA

Smile Renewal With Implant-Supported Bridges

At DiBartola Dental, Dr. Wayne DiBartola and our Bridgeville dental team believe that everyone deserves a complete, functional, and radiant smile. If you have missing teeth or unstable dental prosthetics, implant-supported bridges can be the answer to not only bridge the gaps but also rejuvenate your smile. 

Keep reading to learn more about implant-supported bridges and their transformative role in renewing your smile and oral health. You can also call DiBartola Dental at (412) 221-9440

What Are Implant-Supported Bridges?

Implant-supported bridges are advanced dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth by combining the stability of dental implants with the aesthetics of dental bridges. These bridges are supported by dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone, offering a secure and natural-looking solution for patients with multiple missing teeth.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges

  • Stability and Durability: Implant-supported bridges offer exceptional stability, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak confidently. Additionally, while the bridge will need to be replaced, the implants themselves can last a lifetime. 
  • Aesthetics: These bridges look and feel like natural teeth, enhancing the beauty of your smile.
  • Bone Health: Unlike traditional non-implant bridges, implant-supported bridges stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
  • Preservation of Adjacent Teeth: Adjacent natural teeth remain unaltered, contributing to long-term oral health.
  • Improved Confidence: A complete and functional smile can boost your self-esteem and quality of life.

Do You Need an Implant-Supported Bridge?

  • Sufficient Jawbone Density: Candidates should have adequate jawbone density to support the dental implants. In cases of mild to moderate bone loss, bone grafting may be an option to augment the bone.
  • Good Oral Health: Candidates should maintain good oral hygiene and have healthy gum tissues. Any underlying dental issues, such as gum disease or decay, should be treated before implant placement.
  • Good Overall Health: Candidates should be in reasonably good overall health to undergo the dental implant surgery successfully. Conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes or certain autoimmune disorders may require special consideration.
  • Commitment to Aftercare: Successful candidates are committed to aftercare practices, including regular dental check-ups, meticulous oral hygiene, and lifestyle adjustments, such as smoking cessation.
  • Specific Tooth Loss: Implant-supported bridges are suitable for individuals with one or more missing teeth or those in need of full arch restorations.

The Implant-Supported Bridge Process

Initial Consultation

Begin your journey to a renewed smile with a comprehensive consultation with our Bridgeville dentist. During this visit, your oral health will be assessed, your goals will be discussed, and the suitability of implant-supported bridges for your specific needs will be determined.

Treatment Planning and Customization

If implant-supported bridges are recommended, a personalized treatment plan will be created. Impressions of your teeth and jaw will be taken to ensure precise fit and aesthetics. Our dentist will work closely with you to design the bridge and select the appropriate dental implant placement locations.

Supplemental Procedures

Bone grafting may be helpful to secure your implant-secured bridge if you’re lacking jawbone density. Bone grafting replaces the lost bone in your jaw and encourages future bone regeneration by placing transplanted bone where it’s lacking. As with singular implants, bone grafting provides a stable foundation for your implants, increasing your chances of implant success. 

Dental Implant Placement

The dental implant placement is performed by one of our skilled implant dentists while you’re under sedation. Your dentist will make small incisions into your gums where the implant will be placed. Then, the implants will be surgically inserted into the jawbone through these incisions to serve as stable anchors for the bridge.

Healing and Osseointegration

After implant placement, a healing period is required to allow the implants to fuse with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. This ensures a solid foundation for the implant-supported bridge.

Bridge Fabrication

Your custom bridge will be meticulously crafted in a dental laboratory or via in-office CEREC technology. The bridge will be designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a seamless blend with your smile.

Fitting and Finalization

Your implant-supported bridge will be fitted, adjusted, and securely attached to the dental implants. Your implant dentist will ensure that your bridge fits comfortably and functions correctly.

Implant-Supported Bridge Aftercare

Maintaining your implant-supported bridge is essential to ensure its longevity and the continued health of your smile.

  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Pay special attention to the area around your bridge and dental implants, ensuring you clean them thoroughly.
  • Flossing: Use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean between the teeth and around the dental implants. This helps remove food particles and plaque that can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Antimicrobial Mouthwash: Rinse with an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash as recommended by your dentist. This can reduce bacteria and protect against gum disease.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule and attend regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Our dentist will monitor the condition of your implant-supported bridge, dental implants, and the health of your supporting teeth and gums.
  • Protective Mouthguard: If you grind or clench your teeth at night, consider wearing a nightguard. Grinding can put excessive pressure on your implant-supported bridge and natural teeth, leading to damage.
  • Balanced Diet: Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary or acidic foods and drinks, as they can lead to dental decay and gum issues.
  • Smoking Cessation: If you smoke, consider quitting or reducing your tobacco use. Smoking can stain the bridge and increase the risk of gum disease, jeopardizing the longevity of your dental work.
  • Immediate Action for Issues: If you notice any issues with your implant-supported bridge, such as loose components, discomfort, or changes in fit, contact our Bridgeville dentist promptly for evaluation and adjustments.
  • Avoid Chewing Hard Objects: Refrain from biting down on hard objects like ice, pens, or fingernails, as this can damage the bridge or dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Patients with jawbone loss may wonder if they can still receive implant-supported bridges. In many cases, bone grafting procedures can augment the jawbone, making it suitable for dental implants and bridges. Your dentist will assess your specific situation to determine the feasibility of the treatment.


Implant-supported bridges are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. They’re typically indistinguishable from real teeth, ensuring a discreet and attractive smile.

Implant-supported bridges have a high success rate, with proper care and maintenance, often exceeding 95 percent. However, these rates can be impacted by factors such as personal health, maintenance practices, and hygiene. 


Yes, implant-supported bridges can be used to replace multiple missing teeth or even restore an entire arch, providing a stable and functional solution for complete smile rejuvenation.

Rediscover Your Smile With Implant-Supported Bridges

If you’re seeking a reliable and aesthetically pleasing solution for missing teeth, implant-supported bridges at DiBartola Dental offer a transformative path to a renewed smile. Contact us for a consultation at our Bridgeville, PA office by dialing (412) 221-9440 and explore how implant dentistry can help you achieve your dream smile. DiBartola Dental serves patients from Bridgeville and surrounding areas such as Scott Township, Carnegie, PA Heidelberg, & Upper Saint Clair, PA. Your journey to smile renewal starts here!


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