Are you ready for a natural-looking solution to fill the gaps left in your smile by missing teeth? A dental bridge can do that.
But first, you’ll want to pick a bridge that’s a perfect match for your needs.
Let Dr. Gregory Bauer of Bear Creek Family Dental in Lakewood, CO, walk you through your choices.
Investigate Your Choices Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges have been around for decades and are a quick way to replace one or several teeth in a row. The bridge itself consists of two crowns with pontics (artificial teeth) in between. The crowns will be attached to natural teeth at either end of the gap in your smile. The attached pontic teeth then fill the empty space in between. Traditional bridges are reliable, but there are shortcomings. The main one is that the dentist needs to alter healthy teeth in order to attach the crown to them, an unfortunate step that dentists prefer to avoid.
Implant-supported bridges don't rely on natural teeth for support. Instead, they are held up by dental implants, small titanium posts that are embedded into the jawbone. While small, implants are secure enough to hold up large restorations, including dentures, so they are well-suited to supporting a long row of pontic replacement teeth. Implant-supported bridges are also more reliable than the Maryland bridges and cantilever bridges some people resort to.
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Do You Have Questions about Dental Implants?
Dr. Bauer and the team Bear Creek Family Dental in Lakewood are focused on creating beautiful smiles. In practice since 2012, Dr. Bauer has gained a reputation for putting patients at ease and giving patients the information they need to make the right choice for their situation.
We recommend asking for a consultation so our dentist can expertly explain the differences among dental bridges and the pros and cons of each. Whichever dental bridge you choose, Dr. Bauer will use superior materials to ensure your restoration visually blends in with your natural teeth and gives you a secure bite.
How a Traditional Bridge Is Placed
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During the first appointment, Dr. Bauer will numb the treatment area and then expertly shape the two abutment teeth that will hold the crowns. He will then make a precise impression of the area that will be used as a guide for creating the dental bridge. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge to wear until your permanent bridge is ready.
The impression for your dental bridge will be sent to our partner dental lab. There, a skilled dental ceramist will create the permanent bridge, matching it to the color selections Dr. Bauer provides.
At your second appointment, Dr. Bauer will inspect the bridge to ensure it meets his quality standards. Next, he will remove your temporary bridge so that he can test that the permanent one is a comfortable fit. Once you and the dentist are satisfied, Dr. Bauer will cement the crowns in place on the adjacent teeth.
Implant-Supported Bridge Treatment A Boon to Long-Term Oral Health
During your first appointment, the treatment area will be numbed for your comfort and then small incisions will be made in the gums through which the implants will be inserted into the jaw.
The next step is to wait for three to six months so that bone can naturally grow around the implants, fusing them in place.
Once the dental implants are secure, the gums over the implants will be opened so abutments, small connector pieces, can be attached to the implants.
After the gums have healed around the abutments, an impression of the area will be created to guide the design of your custom dental bridge.
Once the bridge has been fabricated, Dr. Bauer will ensure it fits comfortably. After any adjustments are made, it will be attached permanently to the implants.