A dental bridge is a commonly used and highly effective device for replacing a tooth that is missing. Dental bridges have been used in the industry for a long time due to their reliable durability and the low risk involved in the procedure. Numerous patients have found dental bridges to be an exceptional choice. As a part of your full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Donnelly, at 24th Street Dental Biltmore, may suggest a dental bridge.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge serves as a bridge between a missing tooth and the surrounding teeth. The surrounding teeth, called abutment teeth, are covered with dental crowns to provide support for the prosthetic tooth. In simpler terms, the dental crowns are connected by the artificial tooth.
In addition, we have implant-supported bridges available for patients who have multiple neighboring teeth missing. These bridges function similarly to traditional bridges, but instead of relying on neighboring teeth for support, they are supported by multiple dental implants. Typically, we place a dental implant for each missing tooth. In certain cases, it may not be possible to place implants for every missing tooth, and in these situations, the pontic (replacement tooth) is suspended between two implant-supported crowns. An implant-supported bridge provides a highly secure, comfortable, and long-lasting solution for replacing multiple missing teeth.
Dental Bridge Procedure
Just like with any restoration, the process begins with a consultation visit. After assessing your suitability for a bridge, we can then schedule your procedure.
In order to create a traditional bridge, 24th Street Dental Biltmore dentist, Dr. Donnelly will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure that you are comfortable. This will allow us to reshape your abutment teeth without causing any pain or discomfort. Once this step is completed, we will take an impression of the abutment teeth and send it to our dental laboratory. At the lab, our skilled technicians will use a ceramic compound, usually porcelain, to create your final restoration. This material is chosen for its excellent aesthetic qualities.
To perform an implant bridge, Dr. Donnelly will create a small cut in the gum tissue to reveal the bone underneath. Following this, a set of implants will be carefully inserted. Once the implants are successfully positioned, the incisions will be stitched up.
It may take a few weeks for your final bridge to be completed. During this time, Dr. Donnelly may recommend a temporary solution to restore your ability to chew properly. Once the final bridge is ready, we will remove the temporary and check for proper fit. After achieving the proper fit, Dr. Donnelly, at 24th Street Dental Biltmore, will permanently attach the bridge to your abutment teeth or implants, depending on your restoration needs.