Restore Your Appearance with a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can provide a strong and durable solution for patients missing one or more teeth. Dr. Gianni Franceschi offers both traditional and implant-supported options at our New Port Richey, FL, practice. He uses high-quality, lifelike materials and will precisely customize your bridge so it blends seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.
Are You a Candidate?
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap left behind by missing teeth, and is designed to replace one to three missing teeth in a row. Traditional bridges are composed of two dental crowns and at least one pontic (artificial tooth) in between, fused together to form one piece. You may be a good candidate for a dental bridge if you:
- Have healthy, structurally sound teeth to support the bridge
- Are committed to good oral hygiene
- Do not have any signs of gum disease
If you are in good health and your jaw bone is strong and dense enough, you may want to consider an implant-supported bridge for greater stability. Bridges can be a stand-alone treatment or combined into a full mouth reconstruction.
Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Bridge
At Smiles of Trinity Family Dentistry, we provide both traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges to meet our patients’ unique needs. Patients who are looking for a faster and more affordable approach to tooth replacement often choose a traditional bridge. In most cases, this type of restoration can be secured in two office visits.
We provide both traditional and implant-supported bridges to meet our patients’ unique needs.
Instead of relying on neighboring teeth, an implant-supported bridge is attached to posts which are surgically placed within the jaw. Although more costly and initially more time-consuming, an implant-supported bridge prevents the bone loss that results from missing teeth, protecting your long-term oral health.
The Dental Bridge Process
Dr. Franceschi will first perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. You will also discuss your treatment goals during this visit. Based off of your examination, budget, and aesthetic goals, he will recommend the type of bridge that is best suited to your needs.
For patients who choose a traditional bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap will be gently reshaped. Local anesthetic will be used to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. After the preparation of these teeth, impressions will be taken and sent to a lab where technicians will create your permanent dental bridge. You may be provided with a temporary restoration during this time. In about two weeks, you will return to our office and Dr. Franceschi will secure your customized restoration in place with dental cement.
If you decide on an implant-supported bridge, you will first need to undergo dental implant surgery. An oral surgeon or another type of specialist can typically place just two posts to support a bridge. After about four to six months of healing, once the implants have fused with the jaw, Dr. Franceschi can attach abutment pieces and your bridge.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge provides both aesthetic results and improved function. In addition, a dental bridge provides a host of oral health benefits, including:
- Prevents remaining teeth from shifting out of place
- Maintains full, youthful facial profile
- Prevents imbalance that can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
Furthermore, patients who choose an implant-supported bridge can maintain a strong, healthy jaw. With proper care, implants can last for a lifetime.
Learn More About Dental Bridges
To learn which type of dental bridge is right for you, schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact our office online or by calling (727) 376-6969.
“The doctor and staff go the extra mile to make sure I am comfortable and understand exactly what is taking place. I have been a patient for over 5 years and am 110 percent satisfied.” Randee W.