Are you a candidate?
If you are missing one tooth or two consecutive teeth, you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. Patients who are seeking a replacement for one tooth are also candidates for a dental implant. The titanium post replaces a missing tooth root. Once the implant has fused with surrounding bone tissue, one of our doctors can have you fitted with a dental crown.
If you are missing multiple teeth in various areas of your upper or lower jaw, you may be a good candidate for a partial denture. Our office also offers dentures (implant-retained and traditional) for individuals who have lost all of the teeth along one or both dental arches.
Additional Candidacy Requirements for a Traditional Bridge
Individuals who receive a traditional dental bridge must have two healthy teeth (one on each side of the gap) that can support dental crowns. Patients who do not have teeth that can support crowns may require dental implants.
Additional Candidacy Requirements for an Implant-retained Bridge
Dental implant placement requires healthy jawbone tissue that can support one or more dental implants. If you are seeking an implant-retained bridge, one of our doctors will use digital x-rays and other forms of imaging to establish your candidacy for implants. Individuals who have suffered jawbone atrophy may require a bone graft to regain candidacy for dental implants.
How are implant-supported bridges placed?
Implant-retained bridges attach to two or more dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw. One of our doctors will handle every aspect of the implant surgery, which will be performed using local anesthesia and sedation if needed.
Once you feel comfortable, an incision will be made in your gums. Once the underlying jawbone has been reached, a surgical-grade implant will be placed in the jaw. Over the next three to four months, the bone surrounding the implant will fuse with the post.
Once your jaw as fully healed, you will be fitted with a dental bridge that attaches to the implant. Many of our patients report that implant-retained prosthetics feel and function just like natural teeth.
How are traditional dental bridges placed?
To receive a traditional dental bridge, two of your teeth will need to be prepared to receive dental crowns. Prepping requires the removal of natural tooth structure so the crown can rest over the tooth without protruding. One of our doctors will begin by using local anesthesia to numb the treatment site. Our office also offers nitrous oxide and oral sedation that can place you in a deep and relaxed state throughout the treatment.
Once your teeth are prepped, a digital impression of your teeth will be made, and you will be given a temporary crown while your new restoration is fabricated by a trusted lab. When the new bridge arrives at our office (typically after a few weeks), a final appointment will be set to place your bridge. One of our dentists will ensure that the bridge fits snugly before cementing the prosthetic over your abutment teeth.