Dental bridges are custom-made restorations that can fill spaces left by missing teeth. At The Dentist of Allen, we proudly offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges. Traditional bridges use crowns for support, while an implant-supported bridge will permanently attach to implant posts. Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Robert Kim, and Dr. Kris Koelker use meticulous techniques when designing dental bridges, and a lab near our Allen, TX, office will craft your restoration from state-of-the-art materials. Your restoration will improve your smile, dental function, and overall oral health.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are typically appropriate if you are missing between one and three teeth. If you have suffered additional tooth loss, our dentists will usually recommend a partial denture. We will also need to determine which type of bridge is right for you. A traditional bridge is made up of several crowns, and the crowns on each end will attach to your nearby teeth. To qualify for treatment, these teeth must be strong enough to support the restoration. Alternatively, as a candidate for an implant-supported bridge, you must have enough bone volume and room to uphold dental implants. Fortunately, our dentists can often perform a bone graft or sinus lift to restore your candidacy for treatment.
Our dentists and partner lab take just as much care with implant-supported bridges as they do with traditional prosthetics.
How Do We Place Dental Bridges?
Before placing a traditional bridge, our dentists will treat and prepare your tooth. Using very gentle techniques, we will remove dental tissue to make room for the crowns. A member of our team will then take impressions of your teeth, which we will send to a local lab. There, technicians will create a bridge to match the shape and color of your teeth. Our lab can use several different materials, depending on your budget and cosmetic goals. Options include:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): PFM bridges are very strong, and the outer shell will match the color of your smile. Eventually, however, the porcelain may start to wear, and your smile can develop a grayish tint.
- All-porcelain: An all-porcelain bridge will blend naturally with your teeth, and it will never change color. This material is not quite as strong as metal, so it may not be a good choice for back teeth.
- Procera®: State-of-the-art Procera® is almost as strong as metal, and the color will be a near-perfect match to your smile. In addition, these crowns are entirely metal-free.
Once your custom bridge is finished, your dentist will attach it to your teeth.
If you opt for an implant-supported bridge, you will need to undergo dental implant surgery. Your jaw will heal around your implant posts so that they can support a permanent, stable restoration. Once you have fully healed, we can attached your customized dental bridge.
How Can a Bridge Benefit You?
By filling the gap in your smile, a bridge can have numerous benefits. Not only can the restoration complete your smile, it will also fill out your lips and cheeks to restore your appearance and self-confidence. Your bridge can also renew your dental function. You can eat a complete range of foods and no be limited to chewing with specific teeth. Finally, a bridge can protect your long-term dental health and prevent the need for future restorative work. With missing teeth, your remaining teeth will gradually shift, filling the gap in your smile. By filling this space, a bridge will prevent dental misalignment.
The Dentist of Allen recommends implant-supported bridges over traditional restorations because of their additional advantages. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, they prevent bone recession, preserving the shape and structure of your face. An implant-supported restoration will also preserve more of your natural tooth structure because it does not require the alteration of healthy teeth for support. In addition, once your implant posts have fused with your jaw, they can provide unparalleled stability for your bridge.
Restore Your Smile
You do not have to suffer from missing teeth. Contact our office to learn more about bridges and to find out which type may be right for you.