A dental bridge is made of multiple crowns and can replace one or more missing teeth to fill the gaps in your smile. At Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry, we offer both traditional bridges made from advanced and highly realistic materials, as well as implant-supported bridges for unparalleled stability. Dr. Juliet Bulnes-Newton and her team can evaluate your oral health and help you determine the right dental bridge for your needs and goals.
Traditional Dental Bridges
If you choose a traditional bridge, we will reshape the surrounding teeth that will support the crowns on each end of the bridge. We will then take impressions, which will be used to create your customized restoration. We typically provide bridges made with a highly durable ceramic to blend seamlessly with your smile. For larger restorations, we can also provide bridges made of porcelain that has been fused to metal for additional support.
Implant-supported Dental Bridges
A highly-durable alternative to traditional dental bridges are those that are supported by dental implants, which are small, metal posts that are surgically placed into your jaw. An implant-supported bridge will typically be upheld by two implant posts. Like our traditional restorations, our implant-supported bridges are crafted from incredibly life-like and durable materials.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can protect your long-term oral health. When you do not replace missing teeth, your other teeth will slowly start to shift, filling in the gap in your dental arch. With time, your entire smile could become misaligned. Not only will this impact your appearance, but it can also upset the force of your bite, and increase your risk for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. You may also face a higher risk for decay, because it is harder to clean crooked or overlapping teeth. A bridge will keep your natural teeth from shifting. In addition, with your restoration in place, you will be able to eat, speak, and smile more naturally. Dental implants are the only type of dental restoration that can halt jawbone recession.
Additional Benefits Achieved with Dental Implants
Implant-supported bridges provide superior health benefits. The implant posts replace lost tooth roots, sending out regenerative signals that prevent bone loss and retain the strength of your jaw. Dental implants are the only type of dental restoration that can halt jawbone recession. The advanced implant posts can preserve the natural shape of your features and prevent further tooth loss. In addition, dental implants can become permanently fixed in your jaw. The implant posts will offer unrivaled stability and support for your restoration, providing a lifelike appearance and feel.
Which Type of Bridge Is Right for You?
Because of their unparalleled stability, implant-supported bridges are the most recommended restoration for missing teeth, but not every patient can receive them. Bone recession can compromise the success of dental implants, disqualifying some patients from treatment. However, thanks to advanced bone grafting procedures, most patients can restore their candidacy to receive implants.
When deciding on what type of bridge will work best for you, it is important to consider your budget. Implant-supported bridges cost more than traditional restorations. However, implant-supported restorations can last longer, and will provide superior health and comfort. Like many patients, this expense can prove a worthwhile investment for your future and quality of life. Our staff is also happy to work with you and discuss financing options to place the cost of vital restorative treatment comfortably in your budget.
Schedule A Dental Bridge Consult Today
Missing teeth will leave gaps in your smile that can affect more than your appearance. We invite you to learn more about dental bridges and let us begin planning your treatment. Contact our office today to schedule a restorative consultation.