Do you have lost or missing teeth? Are your missing teeth affecting your bite? Dental bridges may be the right treatment for you. At Perfect Smiles, we offer dental bridge treatment to patients with multiple missing teeth in Bensalem, PA. Bridges are dental prosthetics that can restore a row of consecutive missing teeth. Although dental bridges can be fixed or removable, we will often recommend fixed bridges for longer-lasting restorative dental treatment.
Traditional vs. Implant-Secured Dental Bridges
The dental prosthetic that makes up a dental bridge can be secured by natural teeth. For traditional bridges, we use teeth adjacent to the tooth gap, or abutment teeth. These teeth are covered by dental crowns. They secure a pontic, or false tooth, replace the lost tooth or teeth. An alternative to a traditional fixed bridge is an implant-secured dental bridge. Dental implants are titanium posts that restore missing teeth at the root. They may also be used to support dental bridges and keep them in place.
Dental Bridge Treatment
For patients who choose a traditional bridge, we will begin by preparing their abutment teeth. These teeth are used to support the bridge prosthetic. We will remove a small portion of the enamel from the natural teeth to prepare them for dental crowns. Then, we take scans of teeth to create the crowns and false teeth. Finally, we will attach the dental restoration.
Implant-secured bridges have a longer treatment time than traditional bridges, but they provide more stability and longevity to the prosthetic. We work with a local surgeon to place implants. The dental implants are surgically placed in key areas of the mouth to support the prosthetic. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months, we will attach the bridge, which we create from dental scans of the mouth.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you want to restore lost or missing teeth? Do you want to replace an old bridge with an implant-secured bridge? Request a dental consultation with our team on our website or call 215-770-1081. Feel free to ask us about your restorative options for missing teeth. We will always be happy to help.