Gap Space Under My Implant Bridge

Gap Space Under My Implant Bridge

Gap Space Under My Implant Bridge

A gap can develop under a dental implant bridge or even a bridge with natural teeth. The focus of this post will be on implant bridges especially immediate “all on X” / “all on 4”  type procedures for the full arch replacement.

Gap Space Under Bridge
Gap space under ALL on X dental implant bridge temporary.

This most commonly occurs on an ALL ON 4/full mouth zirconia or acrylic bridge within the first month after the immediate temporary is placed.

Why is there is a gap under my bridge?

I am going under the assumption that you had your teeth extracted, implants placed and a bridge made on the same day or by the next day. With this procedure which I do very commonly in my practice when the bridges inserted there is some swelling of the gums making that space really tight. Typically what happens over the course of 2-8 weeks after the procedure is the swelling comes down around the gums and it shrinks back to normal size leaving a gap.

A common complaint is that it is difficult to speak. With this space under the dental implant full arch bridge is hard to say sounds that start with S&H because too much airflow goes through.

Gap Under All on 4 Implants
Gap Under All on 4 Hybrid -Look at the Sides

A small gap would be considered normal and its best to just let it heal because it will likely increase.

Space Under Bridge Affects Speech

It is more of a problem on the upper jaw because the space affects your speech. On the lower jaw I sometimes encourage to design to have somewhat of a “high water” design so that it is easy to clean. A gap or space under the lower jaw does not usually create any speech issues at all as long as the tissue surface of the bridge is convex rather than concave

A very short-term remedy would be to place orthodontic wax into that space with your dentist permission during the time that it is healing. In my practice once I convert the patient over to a prototype PMMA provisional temporary that is closed up so that we can work out all of the details before we go to the final zirconia bridge on the implants.

Gap Under All on 4 Hybrid
Gap space under ALL on X dental implant bridge temporary.

Cleaning under the bridge for an all on 4 procedure with or without zygomatics/pterygoids is pretty much the same. A water pick and a toothbrush as long as the bridges designed well to be very easily cleansed. This is probably one of the biggest issues with these type of bridges over time and honestly has got a lot to do with how the surgery was done and whether or not multiunit abutments are used with proper margin height

Multi Unit Dental Implant Abutments
Multi Unit Dental Implant Abutments

I know this sounds a bit technical but bottom line is the space can be closed quite easily in temporary settings but if you have your final bridge it can be very difficult if is made out of zirconia to close that space although it is possible. Is more simple with the acrylic type of bridges because plastic can be bonded with additional acrylic

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Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Burbank, California

7 Comments

  1. Carol

    I gave 6mm of bone above a missing tooth where I plan to have an implant. Is it necessary to get a sinus lift and build additional bone before doing the implant?

    January 8, 2021 at 3:21 pm Reply
    1. 6mm is not enough length for a free standing implant crown in the upper. It can work on the bottom since the bone is better. I would suggest a Morse taper design if you ‘have’ to go that small.

      Better to lift the sinus for sure 😇

      January 8, 2021 at 9:58 pm Reply
      1. Carol

        Thank you so much!

        January 11, 2021 at 6:52 am Reply
  2. Diana K Wels

    Today, when I look at how perfect my teeth look, I can’t thank you enough, Dr. Amin. for your unwavering support, for your guidance and for doing such a wonderful job with my zygomatic implants. I will be forever grateful.

    December 20, 2020 at 11:20 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin

      HELLO!!!!!!!! Wow! So glad to see you on the forum! Thank you for allowing me to treat you and trusting my team and I!
      Merry Christmas!

      December 20, 2020 at 10:08 pm Reply
  3. Diana K Wels

    Today, when I look at how perfect my teeth look, I can’t thank you enough, Dr. Amin. for your unwavering support, for your guidance and for doing such a wonderful job with my zygomatic implants. I will be forever grateful.

    December 20, 2020 at 11:20 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin

      HELLO!!!!!!!! Wow! So glad to see you on the forum! Thank you for allowing me to treat you and trusting my team and I!
      Merry Christmas!

      December 20, 2020 at 10:08 pm Reply

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Monica D.
Monica D.
December 29, 2020.
There aren't enough words (and I have a lot of words) to tell you how grateful I am to have found Dr. Ramsey Amin and his wonderful staff. I had an enormous amount of bone loss and I was hopeless after being treated by a different doctor for two years. I had multiple procedures such as gum graft, extractions, and a sinus lift. After all of that, the doctor released me and told me he could not help me any longer. He sent me to a large teaching hospital - who also had no idea how to help me. I was terrified and embarrassed. I had been missing teeth due to those procedures since 2017. That sent me out on a journey of meeting with no less than five different dentist/oral surgeons. Most of them shamed me for the bone loss and wondered what I had done to cause this. In reality, I had done nothing. The bone loss is my body's immune system fighting me, as well as hereditary traits. In fact not only was I having difficulty being able to have implants, I also had so much bone loss that I was also not a candidate for dentures. I researched "what to do when you have bone loss and can't get implants" and I found Dr. Amin's website. Then I researched him, read his reviews, watched every one of his You Tube videos. I called and got an appointment, and kept going to consultations with other providers. I had long since stopped smiling and being social. Missing teeth and the shaming was affecting my life so adversely. When I met with Dr. Amin for my consultation he was ready. He had all of my records and had already reviewed my scans. But more than that, he genuinely wanted to get to know about my life. He was/is authentic, kind and extremely professional with so much success and experience in difficult cases like mine. He worked up a treatment plan & I came back two weeks later to discuss my options...and the journey began. I have had three procedures under IV sedation, no pain, no narcotics needed for aftercare. Dr. Amin is a consumate, experienced oral surgeon who cares about your health & understands your fears. He communicates every step of the way and will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to improve your health. I am still working toward my end goal, and we had to zig from traditional implants and zag to zygomatic implants instead...which is the reason I chose him in the first place. If there was nothing else that could be done to get me healthy & smiling again, I knew he would have that option to help me. And of course 2020, the year of CV-19. Don't worry, Dr. Amin & his staff follow all health & safety protocols. This review is long, because it is important you know my journey, so you might understand how fortunate I feel to be healing. I'm torn, because this place is like a great restaurant, I want to shout from the rooftops how great it is, how great he is. And at the same time, I want to keep this all to myself. I come 75 miles each way to see him. I know people travel from all over the world for his expertise. Do yourself a favor, have a consultation. You won't regret it. Dr. Amin is amazing and so is his staff.
Jennifer B.
Jennifer B.
December 18, 2020.
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amin and his professional staff. I have to start off and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of the dentist due to several past experiences. I found myself putting this off for YEARS until I was referred over to Dr. Amin. I was petrified on my first visit... but he along with his WONDERFUL staff made me feel so calm and at ease. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done, but we found the perfect plan that worked out for me, and I couldn't be happier. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every staff member that made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Amin was always so attentive in asking if I was ever in pain... and I never was. These are truly remarkable individuals, and I'm so lucky to have a dentist that I can trust. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you,
D M.
D M.
December 17, 2020.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amin and his staff. I originally found them on Yelp about two years ago. I needed an implant, front tooth of all places, and was extremely nervous not only about surgery but about how it would turn out. Let me just say I just adore the staff. Everyone is crazy friendly and the whole office has a very positive vibe. The staff is adorable and always has me smiling by the time I leave. They are all thorough and on-point about what they do, and I truly appreciate it. They are quick to respond to my emails no matter the question, and their appointment reminders are great too. Dr. Amin is very thorough and reassuring, and answered any questions my husband or I had. My regular dentist had questions about the procedure and Dr. Amin's office even reached out to them at my request (my dentist said they never received a call, but Dr. Amin's staff had date, time and notes - love the thoroughness!). After surgery the Dr. called to leave me a message about how it went. Very minimal pain during healing, never any pain during any visits. It took a few tries to get everything just right for the permanent crown (color, etc), but the end result is beyond fantastic! At one point during healing I thought I was experiencing some looseness or wiggling but unfortunately couldn't make it to the office. When I was finally able to make it in the Dr. was so relieved, bless his heart. Luckily it was just a false alarm and everything checked out ok. They're a bit further out from me, but I wanted the best. I sure found it! I wish they were my regular dentist, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again for my check-up which was delayed due to COVID.
Melissa E.
Melissa E.
December 9, 2020.
I found Dr. Amin a few years back after I hadn't been to a dentist in a decade. Many traumatic dental experiences in childhood have made me so phobic that even getting a cleaning was a knee-knocking, heart-pounding trial. But finally I couldn't put off some things any longer. During my first anesthesia session, Dr. Amin replaced five old metal fillings, and during the second he did three more plus a crown. I was completely comfortable, and never felt a thing. Because they were extra-long sessions, I did sleep for about 12 hours after, but the next day I felt just fine. This past week, my back top tooth cracked in half and fell out of my mouth, and a couple days later the crown on the remainder of the tooth fell out too! Despite being nervous about Covid 19, I had to get it taken care of, so I called and quizzed the staff about precautions, which turned out to be even above and beyond what I would have expected. So yesterday I went for the tooth extraction and plug. After they put on the blood pressure cuff and put in the IV, I gradually got a little tired and closed my eyes. I sat there for about 10 minutes and thought Gee, I wonder if they're going to get started any time soon, and a minute later Dr. Amin said "Wake up, you're all done!" That was a short session, and I didn't have the kind of fatigue I did my first time. I stayed up most of the evening. Today, everything is good! I'm taking my antibiotic and eating soft foods, and there is surprisingly little pain now that the numbness has worn off. The tooth site and my cheek are a little sore, and the corner of my mouth, and I have a very slight headache, but nothing to any great level--I'm not even taking the acetaminophen. I feel good, and wide awake. Thanks to everyone at the office for a comfortable and professional job! I really REALLY appreciate you for giving me painless dental experiences!
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
December 3, 2020.
What can I say about Dr. Amin he is the best! I'm so grateful for him. He has literally changed my life and given me the confidence to smile more. I had major restorative dental work done and everything went smoothly. Dr. Amin is very compassionate and he really cares about his patients he made me feel comfortable and cared for. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. His office is very clean and they take the patients health and safety very serious. His staff is also amazing they made me feel very welcomed and important. I'm so happy I did my research and found Dr. Amin.  Thank you Dr. Amin and team.
Sheila S.
Sheila S.
November 6, 2020.
Two implants done! Finished all procedures and I couldn't be happier. It's the first time in years I looked forward to going to the dentist. Even during Covid life the staff and Dr. Amin took care of me. There is a possibility I may move to Long Beach but I would still travel to keep Dr. Amin as my dentist.
Allison S.
Allison S.
November 4, 2020.
I could not ask for a more caring, exceptionally knowledgeable dental care provider. He's not just a dentist, but someone who looks after your immediate dental needs and helps you plan and prepare for the future.
Julia R.
Julia R.
October 8, 2020.
I've been going to Dr. Amin since I turned 16 and have been going since. Before going to Dr. Amin's dental office, I had 4 crowns that I was not happy with and dealt with it until finally I asked Dr. Amin and because I  feel comfortable and because I trust him with his work I recently had my crowns fixed and worked on by  Dr. Amin and have never loved my smile the way I do now, I can actually enjoy my pictures, I can enjoy my smile from either angle and that really mattered to me. Thank you so much Dr. Amin still and will be in love with MY smile
Aaron D.
Aaron D.
October 6, 2020.
I've been coming to Dr. Ramsey for about five years and I have to say, he is by far the best dentist I've had - ever. The staff is professional and kind, the office is exceptionally well maintained, and Dr. Ramsey is careful and extremely knowledgeable about current developments and research in dentistry. I recently had a dental implant which was a long process but well worth it. I required a sinus lift as well as a bone graft. The surgery went off without a hitch, I was comfortable and the healing process was quick and without complication. Highly recommend!!
Flo O.
Flo O.
September 21, 2020.
This is my 1st review of Dr. Amin, and in my over 17 years of being with him, my experiences with Dr. Amin and his staff have always been positive.  I don't recall a bad experience with the several implant procedures i have had.  They run an efficient office.  I like that they are proactive and reach out to their patients to remind us of routine care needed.  Dr. Amin's bedside care is impeccable.  They are also technologically up to date in terms of sending out texts as reminders, ability to incorporate any appointment into your mobile phone.  That is certainly a plus.  Keep up the great care!!!