Dental Bridges Can Replace Missing Teeth and Fill Gaps in Your Smile
A dental bridge is a customized dental restoration that can replace missing teeth. It is a common restorative procedure for patients missing one to two consecutive teeth and is a proven long-term treatment method. Dr. Teddi Olszewski is highly trained in the design and placement of dental bridges at her Northampton, MA, office. She uses only the highest quality materials and is able to customize the procedure to meet each patient’s unique health and aesthetic needs.
Types of Dental Bridges
Dr. Olszewski offers two dental bridge options for patients.
A traditional dental bridge is secured with two crowns that fit over the two adjacent healthy teeth. This process will require alteration of the healthy tissue, and those teeth will always require a crown or other restoration in the future. However, a traditional bridge can be placed even if patients have suffered from bone loss, making it appropriate for a majority of patients.
A traditional dental bridge is secured with two crowns that fit over the two adjacent healthy teeth.
Implant-supported restorations rely on dental implants for support. Dental implants are the best restorative solution because of their stability and how they improve your oral health. An implant-supported bridge can cost more than traditional alternatives, but provides superior benefits that many patients find worth the expense. Our office is also happy to work with you to place the cost of this optimal treatment in your budget.
Who Can Benefit from a Dental Bridge?
Patients missing one to two consecutive teeth are ideal candidates for a dental bridge. If you have lost more teeth, you may require a partial or full denture. For a traditional bridge the adjacent teeth must be healthy enough to support dental crowns. Patients who prefer the stability of an implant-supported bridge must have sufficient jawbone tissue to support the implants.
How Dental Bridges Are Created and Placed
During your initial consultation with Dr. Olszewski, she will examine your teeth and gums, and take x-rays and scans. She can then discuss your options with you and help you determine if a traditional bridge or an implant-supported bridge is right for you. For a traditional bridge, she will prepare your adjacent teeth by reshaping them to accommodate the crowns. She will then take impressions of your teeth for the creation of your restoration.
These impressions are sent to an advanced, off-site dental laboratory where a skilled technician will create your custom bridge out of high-quality porcelain. This process can take up to two weeks, so Dr. Olszewski may place a temporary bridge to protect your reshaped teeth while you wait. Once your bridge is ready, Dr. Olszewski will secure the crowns over your teeth, permanently affixing your bridge. She will check to ensure your bridge fits comfortably and properly aligns your bite.
Our team will work with you to determine which type of dental bridge is right for you.
Patients who opt for an implant-supported bridge will have their dental implants placed during a surgical procedure. You will typically receive two implant posts for a dental bridge. After a healing period of three to six months, Dr. Olszewski can place your final bridge, attaching it to the tops of your dental implant posts.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges are durable and restore function to your smile. With a dental bridge, you can eat and speak with comfort, as well as smile with confidence. Restoring missing teeth also helps to maintain a proper facial structure, providing necessary support for your lips and cheeks. You can also experience additional advantages when receiving implant-supported bridges. These restorations are far more stable than traditional options. The implant posts also send regenerative signals to your jaw, preventing bone loss and improving your oral health.
Fill Gaps in Your Smile
If you are missing two to three consecutive teeth, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation. Our team will work with you to determine which type of dental bridge is right for you.