What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
What Types of Bridges Are Available?
A traditional dental bridge is designed to replace a single lost tooth or several missing teeth. The bridge consists of a set of artificial teeth called pontics supported by dental crowns placed on your adjacent natural teeth. Pontics are available in several materials, including porcelain, which is a popular option due to its strength and natural appearance. We customize our porcelain pontics and crowns to match your remaining natural teeth.
Traditional dental bridges are a reliable way to restore the function and appearance of your smile. However, they are not without downsides: healthy teeth need to be altered to accommodate the crowns, and a traditional bridge cannot stop the bone atrophy that occurs in the absence of tooth roots. Implant-supported bridges avoid both of these drawbacks.
Unlike a traditional bridge, implant-supported bridges don’t require your dentist to alter your nearby teeth to support the bridge. Instead, the bridge is attached to dental implants embedded in your jaw. Dental implants are small titanium posts designed to replace your lost tooth roots. Once the implants fuse with your jawbone, your dentist will attach your permanent bridge. Patients who maintain good oral health and have sufficient jawbone tissue are usually candidates for implants.
While implant-supported bridges require a greater investment than a traditional bridge, this option is the only solution that can prevent jawbone atrophy after your teeth have been lost. This is because implants provide the same stimulation to the jawbone that natural tooth roots provide, which signals to the body to retain bone tissue in the area. Our practice can both place and restore dental implants at our office in Cary, NC, with no need for referrals.
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Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge
Jawbone atrophy happens as you age; however, missing one or more tooth roots can accelerate this process. Dental implants act like natural tooth roots by stimulating the tissues in your jawbone, helping prevent it from deteriorating.
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The Traditional Dental Bridge Procedure
We offer sedation dentistry options to help you feel more comfortable through your treatment. If you need preparatory dental procedures like treatment for periodontal disease, one of our dentists will complete these treatments before taking steps to replace your teeth.
Our bridges are constructed using advanced materials that combine durability with a natural-looking appearance.
Depending on the material used for your bridge, it will either be created using our on-site milling system or crafted by a partner lab. If your bridge is crafted off-site, you will be given a temporary bridge until your custom bridge is ready.
The Process of Receiving a Traditional Dental Bridge
Whether you’re missing one tooth or several, a traditional bridge can fill the gap. Your dentist will reshape the teeth adjacent to the gap so that crowns can be cemented in place. These crowns will support the prosthetic tooth (or if needed, teeth), called pontics.
Dental Bridge Candidacy
Your dentist will perform an exam during your initial appointment to determine if you’re a candidate for a dental bridge. Using detailed X-rays and scans, our dentist can help you decide between a traditional or implant-supported bridge.
Here are some candidacy requirements for dental bridges:
- Having one missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth
- Being in reasonably good dental health
- Being free from periodontal disease
- Have adequate jawbone density
Our dentists can resolve dental problems like periodontal disease before a dental bridge procedure. A partial denture may be a better option than a bridge if you are missing teeth sporadically throughout your mouth.
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Damaged or missing teeth undercut your health, comfort, and confidence. Thankfully, the advanced treatments available at Cary Prosthodontics, serving Cary and Raleigh, NC, can restore the appearance and function of your smile, radically improving your quality of life.
After receiving implants, advanced dentures, or other dental prosthetics, you can once again eat your favorite foods, brush and floss normally, and laugh and smile without embarrassment.
Take the first step towards a fully functioning mouth by scheduling an appointment with our prosthodontists. You can request a consultation by filling out our online form or calling our friendly team at:
- American College of Prosthodontics (ACP)
- Academy of Osseointegration (AO)
- International Team for Implantology (ITI)