What’s the Difference Between an Implant-Retained Bridge and a Traditional Bridge?

In this video, Dr. John Coolican, an experienced Wilkes-Barre implant dentist, explains the distinguishing factors that separate conventional dental bridges from implant-retained bridges.

A very common question I get is what’s the difference between an implant retained bridge and a regular bridge? If you’re missing one or more teeth in a particular area, your general dentist will many times suggest a traditional bridge. And that involves drilling into the tooth behind and directly in front of the missing area to place and cement in a permanent bridge. The option to that may be an implant-supported bridge.

This is also a permanent option, but it does not involve drilling on any of your natural teeth, which most people don’t appreciate getting done. So you can come into the office, we can place implants for just the missing teeth without touching any other teeth in your mouth, place beautiful temporary teeth, and have you walk out with teeth that day, followed up with the beautiful porcelain teeth cemented in place several weeks later.

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MEET JOHN P. COOLICAN DMD, FICOI, FIAMDI, FAGD

Dr. Coolican is a second-generation dentist and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. With a deep passion for serving the residents of Eastern Pennsylvania, he has remained committed to staying on the cutting edge of implant dentistry through continuing education in the best treatment modalities and technologies.

As a practitioner focused on dental implants, Dr. Coolican maintains an unwavering dedication to excellence. He completed a comprehensive general dental practice residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the VA Hospital System.

His professional achievements include:

  • Fellow International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI)
  • Fellow and Founding Member International Academy of Mini Dental Implants
  • Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD)
  • Member International Dental Implant Association (IDIA)
  • Member Academy of Osseointegration

Dr. Coolican’s expertise is unparalleled, having successfully placed nearly 10,000 Mini and One-Piece Dental Implants since 2004 and completing over 1,000 hours in advanced continuing education. Dr. Coolican’s experience and expertise in this technique surpasses any other doctor in Eastern Pennsylvania and other surrounding states.

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