Dental bridges are used to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. Bridges require adjacent teeth to be ground down to support the bridge.
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth, or teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to dental crowns, which fit over your natural teeth.
Individual Treatment Planning
Dr. Grimshaw treats each case – each person – individually. There a variety of options for replacing missing teeth, and she will offer a solution that best suits your needs.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a good replacement for a missing tooth. That’s because dental bridges:
- Are fully fixed restorations. Unlike partial dentures, bridges are fixed in your mouth. They don’t slip around and there are no hooks or clasps to secure them.
- Let you bite and chew normally. With a dental bridge, you don’t have to give up any of your favorite foods–you can eat normally.
- Are very attractive. Dental bridges look just like natural teeth. People won’t be able to tell the replacement tooth from your supporting teeth or from your natural teeth.
- Quick and easy procedure. We can place dental bridges using our CEREC system (see below), so they can be placed in just one visit.
- No surgery. If you want a fully fixed replacement tooth, but don’t like the idea of dental implant surgery, a dental bridge is a good alternative.
- Are long-lasting. Most dental bridges last 10-15 years when properly placed and maintained. Some can last much longer.
When are Traditional Dental Bridges the Best Solution
With a dental bridge, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth need to be ground down as part of the procedure. These prepared teeth will be used to anchor the bridge. If these teeth already have crowns, large fillings or other damage, a bridge may be a good solution.
One-Visit Dental Bridges
Like inlays and crowns, we can make dental bridges on our CEREC system. That means you can get your dental bridge in just one visit. Here’s how it works:
- Digital impression: Dr. Grimshaw uses a small digital camera to scan your teeth. The computer builds this scan into a 3D model.
- Designing your bridge: Dr. Grimshaw works off the 3D model to design your dental bridge. This includes the crowns that will fit over your natural teeth.
- Milling your bridge: Once the design is complete, Dr. Grimshaw sends it to the computerized mill. The mill grinds your bridge from a block of ceramic chosen to match your natural teeth.
- Minor Adjustments: If adjustments to fit or color are necessary, Dr. Grimshaw can make them right there. There’s no need to send it back to the lab to be redone.
Dental Implants as an Option for Replacing a Missing Tooth
With a dental implant, there is no need to alter healthy teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
Dr. Grimshaw wants to preserve as much of your original tooth structure as possible. If teeth adjacent to a missing tooth are completely healthy, she will recommend a dental implant as the most conservative and wise solution. This way, the patient’s healthy teeth do not need to be altered.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw and is used to support a crown, bridge or denture to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or to support a restoration such as a bridge or denture to replace multiple missing teeth.