If you are missing one or more teeth, you will likely benefit from a dental bridge. This type of restoration, made of several pontics (false teeth) attached to one another, will fill in the gap in your smile. We proudly offer highly lifelike dental bridges at our Chino, CA practice. Made from advanced restorative materials, your bridge will match your natural teeth, and it will be almost as strong. In addition, the skilled team at Value Dental Centers Chino can supply implant-retained bridges. These restorations will perform the same functions as traditional bridges, and they will be even more stable. Dental implants also have important benefits for your long term oral health.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge can replace one to three teeth. Your dentist will evaluate your overall dental health to determine which type of bridge may be most appropriate for you. A traditional bridge will attach to your nearby teeth, so these teeth must be strong enough to bear the restoration. On the other hand, if you are going to receive an implant-retained bridge, you must have a strong jawbone. If the bone has started to recede, we may suggest a bone grafting procedure. This surgery can replace lost tissue to provide sufficient support for the implants.
Placing Traditional Dental Bridges
If you select a traditional bridge, your dentist will prep the nearby teeth. After administering local anesthesia, he or she will gently reshape these teeth. By removing several layers of dental tissue, your practitioner can make room for crowns that will hold your bridge in place. Through this process, your dentist will also fashion a strong and lasting foundation for the bridge. Then your practitioner will take impressions of your teeth.
Typically, we use our chairside milling system to produce a bridge. We take digital impressions that are more detailed than traditional dental molds, and the imaging process takes less time. The impressions will be uploaded to a milling machine, which will carve out your bridge from tooth-colored porcelain. This material is incredibly strong, and it will closely match the color of your teeth. When it is finished, your dentist will attach the bridge with composite resin.
Placing Implant-Retained Bridges
To receive an implant-retained bridge, you will undergo an advanced oral surgery. During this procedure, your dentist will insert two or more implant posts in your jawbone, using three-dimensional scans for highly accurate placement. Your practitioner will administer local anesthesia before your treatment, and we often provide IV sedation. As a result, your surgery should involve very little discomfort.
Your jawbone will heal around the implants, a process that usually takes about four to six months. Once you have fully healed, your dentist will attach your custom-made restoration to the tops of the implant posts. Like our traditional bridges, our implant-supported bridges look almost identical to natural teeth.
How Can a Dental Bridge Benefit You?
No matter which type of bridge you receive, your restoration will complete your smile and restore your youthful appearance. The bridge will also renew your dental function so that you can bite and chew normally. In addition, the restoration will protect your other teeth. By filling in the gap in your smile, it will keep your dental arches from shifting out of alignment.
Implant-supported bridges have further benefits. First, they are incredibly stable and will never move out of place. They also do not require alteration of your natural teeth. The posts will prevent jaw recession because, like natural tooth roots, they will send restorative signals to the nearby bone. In this way, your implant-supported bridge will protect your appearance and prevent further tooth loss.