Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
The absence of even one tooth can interfere with your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease and confidence. If you are looking for an experienced dental office to restore your missing tooth or teeth, the doctors at Shemen Dental Group offer traditional and implant-supported dental bridges. Our team has served the Amarillo, TX, community since 1987 and is dedicated to ensuring the dental health of every patient.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
The main benefits of dental bridges are restorative, including:
- Restored oral function
- Improved clarity of speech
- Great balance in your bite
- Prevention of teeth shifting
Many patients seek dental bridges for aesthetic reasons. Besides filling in the gaps in your smile, a bridge can help your cheeks look fuller and more youthful. Furthermore, the prosthetics are customized to match the appearance of your natural teeth so that most people will not be able to tell that you are missing a tooth at all.
Anchoring your bridge with dental implants adds additional benefits. These metal posts replace tooth roots and can provide additional stability. Many of our patients report that prosthetics that use dental implants feel and function like natural teeth. As an added bonus, implant placement can prevent jawbone recession, a common side effect of missing teeth.
Are You a Candidate?
Most patients who are missing one to three consecutive teeth are good candidates for a dental bridge. If you are missing more than this, a partial or full denture may better suit your needs. To receive a traditional bridge, you will need healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. These teeth will support the bridge through the use of two dental crowns on either side of the prosthetic.
A dental bridge can restore oral function while brightening your smile.
If you are seeking dental implants, one of our doctors will need to establish if you have adequate jawbone density to receive implants. If you do not, a bone graft or sinus lift surgery can be scheduled to restore your candidacy.
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
The length of your treatment timeline will vary depending on whether you are receiving a traditional or implant-retained dental bridge. For either procedure, our Amarillo office offers nitrous oxide and oral sedation options to help you stay relaxed during the treatment.
A traditional bridge can be placed in two easy visits. During the first, the two teeth on either side of the gap in your smile are prepped by removing a small layer of enamel to create room for the dental crowns to be placed. The crowns support the false teeth that will fill in the gap in your smile. The last step involves making an impression of your teeth that will be used to manufacture your custom bridge. The entire procedure is performed using local anesthesia and sedation so that you remain comfortable.
After a few weeks, your new prosthetic will arrive at our office and a second visit will be scheduled. During this visit, one of our doctors will ensure that the bridge is a perfect fit before it is attached to your prepped teeth. You will be given instructions on how to maintain and clean your dental bridge before leaving our office.
Implant-retained bridges use titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone. The posts allow the prosthetic to connect directly to the jawbone. Because implants must be placed surgically, the treatment timeline for implant-supported bridges lasts at least three to six months. During your consultation at our Amarillo office, one of our doctors will explain the benefits of an implant-retained bridge.
Schedule a Consultation Today
A dental bridge can restore oral function while brightening your smile. If you are interested in this restoration but are uncertain about your budget, our office gladly accepts CareCredit® financing for dental bridges and other treatments. To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call (806) 358-2472.
"The staff at Shemen Dental Group treat you like part of the family. Every visit has been positive, and everyone goes out of their way to make you feel valued and comfortable."Randy D.