For patients missing multiple consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can restore the appearance and partial function to the smile. A bridge is a custom made dental restoration designed to “bridge” the gap created by missing teeth. A dental bridge can restore a patient’s confidence and improve their quality of life. Dental bridges help maintain the natural shape of the smile and are made of high-quality dental materials.
An economical alternative to dental implants, dental bridges are a removable restoration that will be custom fabricated to fit your smile. Dr. Weinstock will help you determine which missing tooth replacement option is best suited to your lifestyle, cosmetic goals, and oral health.
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In need of extensive dental work such as a bridge, crowns, and partials, Dr. Weinstock came highly recommended by an accomplished endodontist. Dr. Weinstock completed the challenging procedures with not only exemplary skills but with the utmost concern for my trepidations. The final results fulfilled all my expectations…an awesome smile!…Margie J
I have always received compliments about my smile. I was blessed with straight white teeth and I never needed to wear braces. Growing up, I went to the dentist for regular cleanings and examinations. During my college years, I became lax about my dental care and, as a result, developed…Maryclaire C.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
A bridge is a set of prosthetic teeth that are linked together. This custom-made device is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by anchoring to neighboring teeth on either side. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one are commonly prepared as we would for a crown. The preparation of both teeth allows us to create sufficient space to accommodate the materials needed to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic (replacement) tooth in place.
Crowns and bridges are most often made from superior materials such as semiprecious or precious metals, porcelain, or a fused combination of the two materials and a ceramic material. The metal substructure serves to give the bridge its strength and the porcelain permits us to achieve excellent aesthetics.
Beauty, function, and tissue compatibility are considered when selecting the material most suitable for you. The bridge is carefully fit on the prepared teeth. The bridge will fit under the gum tissue to hide the junction between tooth and the bridge. The bridges are put in place using special adhesive dental cement.
The goal of this procedure is for the final bridge to look as natural as possible and feel like your own teeth. All-ceramic bridges are now an option for treatment. They have a substructure made of a material called Zirconia. The Zirconia has the strength of metal and can be used as a substitute for conventional porcelain fused to metal bridges.
Dental Implant-secured Bridge
Dental bridges can also be permanently secured with the use of dental implants. Dental implant secured bridges provide added oral health benefits such as bone retention and prevention of possible tooth shifting. Implant secured bridges do not require damaging surrounding healthy teeth and can help support a stable and durable oral foundation. Additionally, dental implants promote continued bone growth, preventing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures. Dr. Weinstock provides comprehensive dental implant services for the convenience and consistent results.
If you choose dental implants to secure your bridge, a treatment plan for placing the implants will be coordinated with the fabrication and placement of the bridge. This will involve a surgical implantation of the implant post and the placement of a temporary bridge. After a 3 to 6 month healing period, you will return to our Philadelphia dentist office for the permanent placement of your dental bridge.
Yes, it is possible to replace your old dental bridge with an implant-supported bridge. There are not many requirements you have to meet to be eligible, but you should have a healthy oral foundation to start. We will conduct a thorough dental exam prior to recommending an implant-supported bridge and other treatment options.
You should replace your dental bridge if it does not fit like it used to. Visit your dentist if it’s wiggling too much, causing you gum irritation, is hard to keep in place, and is uncomfortable to eat while wearing it. An ill-fitting bridge can cause more harm to your neighboring teeth.
White strips, gels, and traditional teeth whitening at the dentist do not have any effect on dental bridges. Dental bridges and other artificial restorations are made of stain-resistant material that can not change color. You can prevent stains from forming on your bridges with a diligent oral health routine. We can replace your old dental bridges with modern color-matched ones.