customized dental bridges provide an ideal tooth replacement option
Tooth loss can occur from any number of reasons, such as severe decay or damage, extraction, and even injury. No matter the cause, when a tooth goes missing, it can impact dental function and keep you from smiling confidently. In addition, it can also result in damage to remaining teeth, TMJ disorder, and other health concerns. Replacing the tooth immediately with a durable restoration can improve your smile and protect your oral health. For patients with tooth loss isolated to one section of the mouth, our dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care provide dental bridges. These custom-made restorative devices are designed to close the gap caused by at least one to three adjacent teeth.
how a dental bridge works
Made from sturdy and realistic porcelain, dental bridges are designed to blend beautifully with your surrounding teeth and restore functionality. Each dental bridge is made with at least one artificial tooth (pontic) fused together with a dental crown on each side so as to provide a seamless fusion. A traditional dental bridge relies on the support of surrounding teeth on each side of the gap (abutment teeth). For patients looking for a longer-lasting solution who have a healthy jawbone structure, an implant-supported bridge can also be designed. It requires the surgical insertion of two dental implants within the gap and a lengthier recovery. The type recommended will depend on your budget, oral health, and time commitment.
who makes a good candidate?
The best candidates for traditional dental bridges include patients missing one to three missing teeth in a row who have healthy teeth nearby to support the device. Because a traditional bridge is secured by nearby teeth, it is imperative that they are strong and stable, free of decay and disease. To ensure a healthy foundation, periodontal care may be recommended before the dental bridge is placed.
Patients desiring an implant-supported bridge must have sufficient jawbone strength to ensure the dental implants have a solid base to fuse with. If bone degeneration is detected, bone grafting can first be performed to help strengthen and build up your jawbone structure.
designing and placing your dental bridge
The moment tooth loss occurs, it’s important to meet with a dentist immediately to create a tooth replacement treatment plan. Our dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care use the latest dental technology to examine teeth and gums. They will take the time to meet with you to discuss the available options and customize your treatment plan to your unique needs and desires. If you are deemed a healthy candidate for an implant-supported bridge, dental implant surgery will be performed first. This involves two titanium posts being inserted into your jawbone and a four to six month recovery period. During this healing period, the implants will integrate with the surrounding tissues so as to provide a solid base for the restoration. Once you have fully recovered, the bridge can be designed and placed.
Patients who desire a traditional bridge can go straight to designing their dental bridge. During the first visit, the abutment teeth will be gently prepped. This involves reshaping the outer enamel so the crowns fit smoothly and securely. If you struggle from dental sensitivity, a local anesthetic can be administered beforehand. Once the teeth are complete, digital impressions will be taken and sent to a nearby lab. These impressions provide the necessary tools for the technicians to fabricate the device to match the natural aesthetics of your smile. Temporary crowns can be placed over the abutment teeth while you wait.
When the dental bridge is ready, the dentist will first check that it fits properly before permanently bonding it in place to either your abutment teeth or dental implants. Once in place, you can immediately enjoy better health and restored confidence.
If have consecutive tooth loss and are looking for a good solution to replacing your missing teeth, we invite you to meet with one of our dentists about a customized dental bridge. We offer two convenient locations in either downtown Denver or Lone Tree, CO. You can contact us online or call (303) 534-2626 to schedule your consult.