Are your missing teeth impacting your self-confidence? Do you have most of your natural teeth but are self-conscious about gaps in your smile left by missing teeth? Ask us about a dental bridge. A dental bridge fills the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges typically replace two or more consecutive missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge in our Haddonfield or Marlton, NJ office can restore your oral health and your smile’s aesthetics.
Traditional and Implant-Supported Bridges
A traditional dental bridge consists of false teeth or pontics held in place by natural crown-capped teeth. These teeth are on either side of a tooth gap and keep the dental bridge stable. Traditional dental bridges can be a great option for patients who want to restore the appearance of their smile.
However, we need to prepare natural teeth for traditional dental bridges. Patients also need to learn the proper techniques to clean around and under their false teeth. Implant-secured dental bridges do not affect adjacent natural teeth. Instead, we use one or more dental implants to secure false teeth in place. We place dental implants in the jaw bone to ensure that restorations are stable and also encourage healthy bone tissue. While traditional and implant-supported dental bridges can support the bite, implants offer more stable, lasting support.
Dental Bridge Treatment
Before dental bridge treatment, we examine the smile and take digital x-rays to plan dental bridge restorations and, if applicable, implant placement.
To begin traditional bridge treatment, we take an impression of the teeth to create the temporary bridge. We prepare the natural teeth on either side of the tooth gap for dental crowns. Then, we use an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions that we send to a dental lab to create the final bridge. Technicians create the permanent bridge, which we place at a subsequent appointment.
If you choose an implant-supported bridge, we will surgically place the implants in our office. Then, once the implants are healed, we take impressions for the permanent bridge. It can take 3 to 6 months for the implants to fuse with the jaw bone.
Restore Your Missing Teeth Today
Do you have gaps in your smile left from missing teeth? Receive a dental bridge today. Call our Haddonfield office at 856.429.0404 or our Marlton office at 856.983.9620.