Dr. Randall Prince offers dental bridges as a way to replace one to three consecutive missing teeth at his Dyersburg, TN, office. Beyond affecting your smile, multiple missing teeth can leave you vulnerable to gum disease, decay, misalignment, further tooth loss, and bone loss. Whether you choose a traditional or implant-supported bridge to replace your missing teeth, Dr. Prince customizes your restoration to the specific measurements of your smile for a durable, comfortable fit.
Types of Dental Bridges
Patients can select from two types of bridges: traditional and implant-supported. Both consist of one or more artificial teeth sandwiched between two dental crowns. The key difference between these options is how the crowns are anchored. Where the crowns of a traditional bridge are placed on top of the teeth adjacent to the gap, those of an implant-supported bridge fit over two dental implants.
How a Bridge Can Improve Your Oral Health
While the most obvious benefit of a dental bridge is restored dental function, this restoration can also help improve your oral health. Both traditional and implant-supported bridges can help reduce your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and further tooth loss. For many patients, a bridge can even significantly expand your dietary restrictions.
Implant-supported bridges in particular can substantially undo the effects of long-term tooth loss and gum disease. Because they are anchored directly into the jaw, implants both ensure stable bridges and stimulate new tissue growth. By eliminating the need for crown placement, implants also help to preserve the structure of nearby existing teeth.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The specifics of treatment vary depending on which option you choose. During your initial consultation, Dr. Prince will examine your teeth and gums, take x-rays and other diagnostic tests, and ask about your medical history and goals. Based on this discussion, he can recommend which type of dental bridge is best suited to your needs.
By restoring lost dental function, bridges can both improve your bite and boost confidence in your smile.
Receiving a traditional dental bridge typically takes two appointments. During the first, Dr. Prince can prepare the teeth that will support the crowns. Once your teeth are fully prepared, he can take impressions of your smile to send to our trusted off-site lab. Since fabricating the permanent restoration usually takes about two weeks, the doctor will place a temporary bridge to protect your smile until your second appointment.
Because patients must undergo surgery to receive implant-supported bridges, the timeline for this option can take anywhere from several months to a full year if prerequisite procedures are needed. After the implants are placed directly into the jaw, the body must have time to repair and integrate the posts into the bone tissue in order to guarantee stability. Once they have healed, roughly four to six months later, Dr. Prince can place the customized dental bridge.
Find Out if a Bridge is Right for You
By restoring lost dental function, bridges can both improve your bite and boost confidence in your smile. Reach out today to schedule a consultation to discuss your candidacy for a dental bridge.