A dental bridge placed by our office literally bridges the gap between two or more missing teeth to provide structural support as well as a life like appearance. We offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges to meet our patients’ individual needs. A traditional dental bridge is supported by a dental crown on the natural teeth of either side of the gap. An implant-supported bridge places dental implants in the gap to support the bridge. Dr. Coffey has extensive knowledge and experience in placing dental bridges. He will ensure your dental bridge fits comfortably and looks completely natural so you can feel confident about your smile.
During an in-depth consultation, Dr. Coffey will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine if you are a candidate for either a traditional or implant-supported bridge. Together you will decide which option is appropriate for you and the type of material that will be used to create your bridge. Tooth-colored options, such as porcelain or zircornia, are the most popular materials as they offer a natural look, but metal options are also available.
A dental bridge offers both structural support and cosmetic enhancement.
For traditional bridges, Dr. Coffey will prepare your adjacent natural teeth for the crowns. This typically involves a reshaping the teeth and sometimes the gums to accommodate the crowns. Once the reshaping process is complete, he will take impressions of your teeth to send to a local dental laboratory where your bridge will be created. It typically takes about two weeks for the creation of your bridge. During this time, Dr. Coffey may place a temporary bridge to protect the reshaped teeth and provide you with the function you need.
Bridges are crafted by skilled dental technicians out of tooth-colored materials that closely match your natural teeth for a seamless look. Once your bridge is ready, Dr. Coffey will bond the crowns of the bridge to the reshaped teeth. He will carefully evaluate your smile to ensure the bridge does not adversely affect your alignment or cause any discomfort. Implant-supported bridges require dental implant surgery, after which it can take three to six months before your permanent bridge can be placed.
Dental bridges are a good option for patients missing one to three consecutive teeth. If you are missing more than three teeth, we may recommend an alternative solution. Patients who will receive a traditional dental bridge must have adjacent teeth that are healthy enough to support the dental crowns for the bridge. It is also important to have healthy gums free from periodontal disease. Patients who opt for an implant-supported bridge must have ample bone density to support the implants.
A dental bridge offers both structural support and cosmetic enhancement. Replacing missing teeth can prevent temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which can arise from misalignment. It will also restore your ability to chew and speak with ease and comfort. Whether you opt for a traditional dental bridge or one supported by implants, you will enjoy a stable and durable solution. Filling the gaps of your smile can also improve your appearance and confidence.
If you are missing one or a few consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can complete your smile beautifully. Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation.
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