Patients missing one or more consecutive teeth can regain a healthy and functional smile with dental bridges. Dr. Frank Avason has over a decade of experience restoring patients’ dental function and appearance with custom restorations at our Denver, NC, dental practice. At Avason Family Dentistry, we believe that each patient should be treated as an individual, and you can expect that bridge we provide will restore the function, health, and beauty of your smile.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a one-piece restoration that is used to replace either a single tooth or several consecutive teeth. Though bridges can be crafted from a variety of materials, most patients today choose tooth-colored restorations that blend seamlessly with their smile. Traditional dental bridges comprise two dental crowns with artificial teeth (pontics) between them. The two crowns are used to hold your restoration in place, and the pontics literally bridge the gap in your smile.
Traditional Dental Bridges vs Implant-Supported Bridges
In order for a traditional bridge to be seated properly, your adjacent teeth must be slightly reduced. Performed by removing small amounts of dental tissue, this permanent alteration allows your teeth to be topped with crowns that serve as anchors for your new restoration.
Implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants rather than adjacent teeth. Because an implant-supported bridge does not require the alteration of teeth, and because implants halt the bone atrophy that occurs after tooth loss, it is considered optimal for the right candidates.
While implant-supported restorations provide a multitude of benefits, including the retention of jawbone tissue, they are not right for everyone. During a consultation, Dr. Avason will determine which type of bridge is right for you.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
Typically, anyone who is missing one to three consecutive teeth can be a good candidate for a dental bridge. It is important, however, to have other oral health issues addressed beforehand. For instance, if you have extensive tooth decay or gum disease, you may need a root canal or periodontal treatment before you can receive a restoration.
If you are missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Avason to determine which replacement option will meet your needs.
Dental Bridge Treatment Process
Once Dr. Avason has determined that you are a candidate for a bridge, he will take impressions of the gap in your smile, as well as the surrounding and opposite teeth. If you choose an implant-supported bridge, you will need to undergo placement surgery, followed by four to six months of healing time. Once the implants have integrated with your jaw, he will take impressions of the implants and surrounding teeth.
The impressions will be sent to a trusted offsite lab, where technicians will craft your bridge based on the precise dimensions of your smile. The bridge should be ready in about two weeks, and we can provide a temporary bridge in the meantime. You will return to our office, and Dr. Avason can make any final adjustments necessary before cementing the bridge into place.
Schedule a Consultation with Us
If you are missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Avason to determine which replacement option will meet your needs. To speak with a team member, call our office at (704) 820-9797 or contact us online.
“Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you—let us make it shine.” DR. FRANK AVASON III