If you’re missing one tooth or more, consider a dental bridge. A dental bridge can restore your smile to its near-original condition and reduce the risk of other issues, like gum recession and bone loss. At Advanced Dentistry, cosmetic and general dentists Varghese John, DMD, Sanaz Rouhani, DDS, and their team use dental bridges to correct bite issues and help people achieve optimal oral health. To make an appointment, call the office in Sugar Land, Texas, or book online today.
A dental bridge is a restoration that fills a gap in your smile where a permanent tooth used to be. If a permanent tooth is missing, you’re more likely to experience chewing difficulties or pain from the extra stress on your teeth and jaw. A bridge can prevent these and other issues, improving your oral health and quality of life.
Advanced Dentistry offers several types of dental bridges, including:
A traditional bridge utilizes an artificial tooth and two dental crowns. The artificial tooth fills the gap in your smile, and your Advanced Dentistry provider bonds the two crowns on top of your abutment teeth on either side.
If you’re missing two or more teeth in a row, your Advanced Dentistry provider might recommend a cantilever bridge. A cantilever bridge uses a single dental crown for support. Your provider bonds the crown to the abutment tooth next to the gap in your smile.
A Maryland bridge is like a traditional bridge, but it's held in place with a metal framework instead of two dental crowns. Your Advanced Dentistry provider bonds the metal framework to the back of your abutment teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.
If you want a bridge that’s strong enough to last a lifetime, consider an implant-supported bridge. An implant-supported bridge is a set of artificial teeth that connects to a dental implant. A dental implant is a titanium post that your provider inserts into an empty socket where a permanent tooth used to be.
At Advanced Dentistry, getting a bridge takes at least two visits to the office, and sometimes even three.
Your provider reviews your dental records, performs an oral exam, and takes X-rays. If you’re missing a single permanent tooth or several permanent teeth in a row, you qualify for a bridge.
Your Advanced Dentistry provider takes digital impressions of your mouth with an iTero® intraoral scanner and sends them to a nearby dental lab. Technicians at the lab use your scans to design and manufacture a bridge that fits perfectly.
When the dental lab finishes your custom bridge, you return to the Advanced Dentistry office. Your provider numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and bonds the bridge in place. Then, they remove any excess material, polish your teeth, and provide care instructions.
If you decide to get an implant-supported bridge, you have to undergo implant placement first. Implant placement is an outpatient procedure that involves your Advanced Dentistry provider inserting a titanium post into your empty tooth socket. After the procedure, the implant integrates with your bone, fusing to your jaw.
To learn more about dental bridges, make an appointment by calling the Advanced Dentistry office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary
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