Custom Dental Bridges

January 24, 2022
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A beautiful smile and optimal oral health are the goals of every patient at Piney Orchard Dental. Sometimes that means building custom dental bridges for our patients.

We rebuild complete, attractive, and functional smiles for patients who are missing teeth due to extensive decay, periodontal disease, trauma, illness, or a side effect of medical treatment.

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Smile’s Health

Missing teeth do more than create gaps in your bite and smile. In the absence of a replacement, they can harm your smile’s health and function.

Impaired Ability to Confidently Smile, Speak, and Chew

Gaps caused by missing teeth allow adjacent teeth to slowly drift into vacant spaces, changing your smile and bite alignment.

Your teeth will shift out of place, affecting the distribution of biting and chewing forces, and becoming more difficult to clean.

Restoring a Full Smile

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While missing teeth can affect your dental and overall health, modern dentistry offers effective solutions for restoring a complete, attractive, and functional smile.

It’s now easier than ever to replace missing teeth and achieve pleasing, long-lasting results.

Of course, every smile is unique, as are every patient’s needs and expectations. Your smile can be restored with a dental bridge.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a highly effective, stable, and permanent tooth replacement option. Unlike removable partial dentures, a dental bridge is supported by crowns on teeth adjacent to the edentulous area (space without teeth) or dental implants that are strategically placed.

Dental bridges not only restore the look, feel, and function of a natural smile, but also prevent teeth shifting, thus protecting a patient’s bite alignment.

The idea of replacing teeth with a fixed dental bridge is not new. Ancient cultures used materials like animal and human teeth, bones, gold, and ivory to fill in gaps in their smiles.

Fortunately, dental materials and technology have evolved over time. At Piney Orchard Dental, we make our bridges exclusively with a specialized, metal-free, all-white porcelain. The bridges we make are now not only stronger and more durable, but also more attractive.

Types of Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can replace one or more missing teeth, depending on the number of missing teeth, the remaining dentition, and other factors.

The most recommended bridges are the traditional fixed bridge and the implant-supported bridge.

Fixed Bridge

For a traditional fixed bridge, teeth on either side of the edentulous space must be prepared and crowned.

These crowned teeth support the replacement teeth, or pontics, that bridge the gap. A dental bridge is supported by the terminal crowned teeth fused to a single or multiple pontics, much like a bridge over water.

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Implant-Supported Bridge

Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement option, closely resembling a natural smile in appearance, feel, and function. As a result, an implant-supported bridge is frequently the most desired option.

No need to prepare, crown, or involve natural teeth when using an implant-supported bridge. Because dental implants act like natural tooth roots, they provide all the support a bridge needs.

In addition to replacing missing teeth, implant-supported bridges are the most versatile way to rebuild a complete smile. Dental implants can support a single replacement tooth or an entire upper or lower arch.

Furthermore, because dental implants stimulate the surrounding jawbone like actual roots, they help prevent bone shrinkage that occurs naturally when teeth are lost. This function keeps normal facial contours.

Our goal at Piney Orchard Dental is to help every patient enjoy good oral health and a beautiful smile. For patients who want a smile that looks great, functions well, and inspires confidence, we offer advanced dental implant-based solutions.

Before Building a Dental Bridge

A patient’s oral health, overall health, smile goals, lifestyle, and budget are all factors in successful treatment outcomes. Whether you need a traditional fixed bridge, an implant-supported bridge, or some other solutions will be determined after a thorough evaluation. We value patient feedback and strive to meet your needs.

To ensure that it will be strong and last for years, your mouth must be free of gum disease and excess bacteria before a dental bridge can be made and fitted. Fortunately, we are experts at treating gum diseases such as Periodontitis and Gingivitis. If you have gum disease, we will help you treat it so that we can fabricate long lasting, strong bridges and implants.

Our patients’ care and comfort are our top priorities at Piney Orchard Dental. Our goals are to create healthy, beautiful smiles and make dental visits enjoyable.

Expectations for a Traditional Bridge

Fixed bridges are usually fabricated over two visits. At the first visit, we will gently prepare your supporting teeth to hold the bridge, take a simple 3D scan of your teeth, and insert a temporary bridge. You will return two weeks later, at which time we will cement your permanent bridge. 

Expectations of an Implant-Supported Bridge

Replacing teeth with dental implants is often easier than patients expect. We work with an excellent team of local oral surgeons and periodontists to place your dental implants. 

After the surgeon places your implants, you return to Piney Orchard Dental, where we will take a simple 3D scan of your implants. We use this 3D scan to fabricate beautiful and strong “teeth,” which we then permanently attach to your implants.

Piney Orchard Dental is Your Best Bet for Dental Bridges

We don’t like to brag, but we know we’re the best because our patients tell we are. Whether you’re looking for a sensible, reliable solution with a dental bridge, or you just need a dentist who is attentive and takes an active interest in your wellbeing, Piney Orchard Dental is here for you.

If you’re ready for a healthy mouth and a smile that won’t quit, call us today and set up a new patient visit.