If you’re missing one or more of your permanent teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gaps and restore your smile to its near-original condition. At SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. in Livonia, Michigan, experienced prosthodontist Sharitha Uchil, MSD, and the team, proudly offer several types of dental bridges including traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges. If you’re interested in learning more about this type of dental restoration, make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic designed to fill a gap or space in your smile caused by one or multiple missing teeth.
Dental bridges usually feature a false tooth, or pontic, that sits in the socket of your missing tooth. Your dentist holds your bridge in place by bonding two crowns to your adjacent teeth using dental cement.
At SAAV Prosthodontics P.C., the team offers two types of dental bridges: conventional tooth-supported dental bridges and implant-supported fixed bridges. The type of dental bridge you’ll most benefit from depends on your underlying symptoms and goals for treatment.
A conventional tooth-supported dental bridge, or traditional dental bridge, is the most common type of dental bridge. If you have natural, healthy teeth on either side of a gap, you’re probably a good candidate for this type of bridge. With proper care, traditional dental bridges can last for 10-15 years.
An implant-supported fixed dental bridge relies on dental implants for support. Your SAAV Prosthodontics provider surgically places one implant for each of your missing teeth. Following the procedure, your bone grows around the implants, fusing them to your jawbone. If you take good care of your implant-supported bridge, it can last a lifetime.
If you’re missing one or multiple permanent teeth, you’re also at risk of developing more serious health problems including gum disease and bone loss. The team at SAAV Prosthodontics might recommend a dental bridge to:
Dental bridges can also make it easier to speak without slurring your words.
Receiving a dental bridge usually takes two separate appointments. At your first appointment, your dentist performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and takes a series of digital X-rays. If your tooth roots and gums are healthy, they move forward with treatment.
First, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Next, digital scans of your mouth are taken. Your dentist sends these digital scans to a laboratory.
The laboratory manufactures two types of prosthetic teeth: ovate, or egg-shaped pontics, and milled provisional pontics. Both of these tooth replacement options mimic the strength and color of your natural teeth while promoting long-term dental health.
A week or two later, you return to SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. At your second appointment, your dentist lines up your dental bridge with the gap in your smile and carefully bonds it in place using dental cement. If you have an implant-supported dental bridge, your dentist secures your dental bridge to your replacement tooth root.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of dental bridges, make an appointment at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. by clicking the online booking tool or calling the office today.