A smile that is broken up with one or more gaps from missing teeth can make you self-conscious and cause problems in daily life, from speaking clearly to chewing with ease. For a restored, beautiful and functional smile, dental bridges can be used to bridge gaps between teeth so that you can chew, talk and smile without issue. A dental bridge is an oral appliance consisting of a metal frame and pontics, or replacement teeth, attached to it. And since a bridge is fixed in the mouth, there is no need to worry about it shifting out of place. With a dental bridge, you can have a strong bite and a full, natural-looking smile once again.
When are Dental Bridges Used?
A dental bridge may be used to address one or more of the following issues:
- A missing tooth (or teeth)
- Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
- Slurring or other speech problems caused by missing teeth
- Teeth that shift out of place, due to gaps in smile
- Jaw pain or headaches due to missing teeth creating a “bad bite,” where upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly with a closed jaw
What Types of Dental Bridges Do We Use?
Traditional (fixed) bridges. These bridges are permanently secured in the mouth using crowns that are placed on adjacent teeth.
Maryland-bonded bridge. A Maryland bridge is typically used to replace front teeth, and is permanently fixed in the mouth by fusing its metal framework to the surrounding teeth.
Cantilever bridge. This bridge is affixed to the teeth adjacent to it on only one side of the gap.
Advanced CEREC Technology Allows One-Visit Bridge Placement
With the advanced CEREC technology, the high-quality, durable crowns used on your bridge — crowns that normally take a dental lab weeks to make — can be created in just minutes in our office. This means that your bridge placement procedure will require only one office visit, instead of two or three visits spaced several weeks apart. With CEREC technology used as part of the bridge placement procedure, you get to enjoy your restored smile weeks earlier than with other treatments!
What Should You Expect from the Bridge Placement Process?
The bridge placement process begins with Dr. Feely re-contouring the tooth or teeth surrounding the gap caused by the missing teeth. He will then make an impression of your bite in order to create a bridge and replacement teeth that properly and comfortably fit your mouth. Using the CEREC in-office milling machine, Dr. Feely will create custom-made crowns to fit over the surrounding tooth or teeth, which will be used to anchor the bridge in place in the mouth. Once the bridge is placed and your bite is checked for a comfortable and correct fit, he will use dental cement to hold the bridge firmly in place.
Why Choose Us for Your Dental Bridges?
- Dr. Feely and his staff have a great deal of experience installing bridges properly so that they fit and look as natural as possible
- We can provide you with different options for your bridge, so that you don’t have to sacrifice quality when looking for more affordable options
- With CEREC technology, we shorten the bridge placement process to just one dental visit, instead of several weeks
- We take every precaution to ensure that the bridge fits properly for each patient and that they don’t have problems with discomfort due to an improper fit
Schedule an appointment to learn more about our dental bridges and about the high-tech CEREC system. Contact our office today by calling (760) 789-0170.