Dental BridgeAn Overview
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace a single lost tooth or multiple consecutive missing teeth. The bridge is made of high-quality dental porcelain and custom designed to blend seamlessly with your smile. The dental bridge is anchored in place by existing adjacent teeth or can be secured using new dental implants.
Dr. Heather Adams uses dental bridges to rebuild smiles affected by tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth as soon after a loss as possible can help prevent the development of secondary issues. Tooth loss often leads to gum recession, shifting of teeth and even bone loss which can impact the shape and stability of the jaw. A dental bridge can restore the function and appearance of your smile.
Whenever possible, Dr. Adams will recommend securing a dental bridge with dental implants. Dental implants are the most natural option for replacing teeth or securing dental restorations. Implants provide added stability and help support the jaw and preserve natural tooth alignment. Using implants to secure a dental bridge prevents the need to damage otherwise healthy teeth to use as anchors. Implant supported bridges allow patients to enjoy a naturally functioning and beautiful smile.
Dental Bridge What to Expect
Dr. Adams offers a full range of restorative treatment options for replacing missing teeth including dental bridges and implant supported dental bridges. Using state of the art digital technology and personalized treatment planning, Dr. Adams is able to present patients with the most suitable option for replacing their missing teeth with long lasting and stable results.
Dental Bridge Options
Removable Dental Bridge– Removable dental bridges are traditional, cost-effective options for temporarily replacing missing teeth. A removable bridge does not offer the long-term support for the jaw, gums and adjacent teeth that implant-supported bridges can. Dr. Adams can help patients with an existing removable bridge find a more permanent solution for restoring their smile.
Fixed Dental Bridge– A fixed dental bridge is secured by adjacent teeth or with two or more dental implants. Fixed bridges provide more stability and improve the function of the bite and jaw. Fixed dental bridges help to prevent bone loss and additional tooth loss, stabilizing your long term dental health.
If dental implants are being used to secure a dental bridge, Dr. Adams will coordinate your surgical placement. Once the implants are in place it takes about 3-6 months for the implants to fully heal and integrate with the jaw tissue. During this time, patients typically wear a temporary bridge. The final bridge will be fabricated and fit once the implants have secured to the jaw.