Are you missing a single tooth or a row of teeth? Are you frustrated with how your smile looks and feels as a result?
At Dental Group South, Inc. in Stockbridge, GA, our dentist offers many types of dental bridges to fill the gaps and restore your smile.
Find out how we can make the simple pleasures of eating and smiling a daily joy again.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that spans the gap left by tooth loss. It can be used to replace a single tooth or a row of teeth.
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A Wide Variety of Choices
For a traditional dental bridge, custom crowns are placed on the two teeth adjacent to the gap. These support the pontic, or prosthetic, that replaces the missing tooth or teeth.
Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one tooth available to hold the bridge in place. This option lacks the additional support provided by traditional bridges, so its use is more limited.
Instead of being held in place by crowns, a Maryland bridge is supported by two small flaps that are secured to the back of adjacent teeth with a composite resin material.
Advances in dentistry have made dental implants a popular option because healthy tooth structure doesn't have to be altered. An implant is a small rod that functions like a tooth root. If you are missing a single tooth, an implant and crown can prevent the need for a bridge. For multiple missing consecutive teeth, implants can support a dental bridge.
Are You Missing Several Teeth?
If you suffer from widespread tooth loss, it may be time to consider another restoration. Many patients choose traditional removable dentures because they are more affordable and don't require a surgical procedure. Alternatively, prosthetics can be held securely in place with dental implants. Implant-retained dentures are more stable and prevent the jawbone atrophy that occurs when the tooth roots are missing.
Ask your dentist if traditional or implant-retained dentures are the right solution for you. A dentist can explain the various restorative dentistry options that are available and recommend the one most suited to your unique needs.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Because dental bridges are custom fabricated to your precise fit and design specifications, it can take up to two weeks to complete traditional dental bridge treatment.
If you get a dental implant-supported bridge, the entire treatment process will take three to six months because the bone tissue needs time to grow around the implant and secure it in place.