Dental bridges close the gap between missing teeth. They can be anchored to adjacent teeth, or to dental implants. If you are missing teeth, dental bridges provided by Dr. John R. Striebel in Miamisburg, OH, can restore your smile, your health, and your confidence.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are sometimes called partial dentures because they serve the same primary function, but only replace a portion of the dental arch. A traditional dental bridge comprises one or more artificial teeth secured by dental crowns on either side. An implant-supported bridge is anchored to a dental implant, which is a titanium post surgically implanted in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots. Bridges are custom-crafted to provide aesthetics, restored functionality, and proper balance between the upper and lower jaws.
Crowns are customized for a precise fit and natural-looking appearance.
Dental bridge candidates are missing one to three teeth, and have healthy teeth and gums. Any tooth decay or gum disease must be addressed before moving forward with treatment. If you wish to receive an implant-supported bridge, you must have adequate bone tissue in the jaw. If you have been missing teeth for an extended period of time, you may have experienced some degree of bone atrophy, compromising the ability of the jaw to support an implant. During a consultation, Dr. Steiebel can evaluate your jaw to determine if an implant-supported bridge is an option for you.
Dr. Striebel places dental bridges made from porcelain or zirconia. Both types of bridges are fabricated to match the surrounding teeth. While both can look very realistic, zirconia is more durable, but generally costs more than porcelain. During your consultation, Dr. Striebel will help you decide which material is best for you.
If you are receiving a traditional bridge, Dr. Striebel first prepares the adjacent teeth for dental crowns by refining their size and shape. Next, he takes an impression, which is sent to the dental lab to guide the fabrication of the bridge. He places a temporary bridge to protect the reshaped teeth. When the bridge is completed, you will return to Dr. Striebel’s office to have the permanent bridge secured in place.
Bridges are custom-crafted to provide aesthetics, restored functionality, and proper balance between the upper and lower jaws.
An implant-supported bridge requires preliminary implant placement, which can require two surgeries with four to six months of healing time in between. Once the implants have integrated with your jaw, Dr. Striebel can begin fabricating your bridge. No alteration of adjacent teeth is necessary.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Bridges greatly enhance a patient’s appearance and confidence by replacing missing teeth, restoring a natural-looking smile, and restoring the ability to enunciate properly. Bridges also restore the ability to chew. With proper care, a dental bridge can last for many years.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are suffering with one or more missng teeth, contact our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Striebel. He can provide a bridge that restores your health, appearance, and confidence.