Restore Form and Function with a Dental Bridge
If your smile is affected by missing teeth, a dental bridge can replace up to three consecutive teeth and significantly improve your bite. At Dearborn Family Dentistry, we offer both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges to restore the form and functionality of your smile. Drs. Mark Luria, Bruce Luria, and Rena Allswang in Livonia, MI, can design and place a lifelike restoration to bridge the gaps for a healthier, younger-looking smile.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge can dramatically enhance both the appearance and function of your smile. They can improve overall oral health by:
- Preventing movement of remaining teeth
- Enhancing your bite
- Reducing risk of gum disease
- Minimizing speech difficulties
- Reducing risk of tooth decay
- Decreasing risk of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
In certain situations, a bridge can be a stable alternative to traditional dentures, as well.
Any patient missing one to three consecutive teeth may qualify for a traditional bridge. Our team can assess your candidacy during an initial consultation and determine if a bridge is the right treatment for you. Because the neighboring teeth will serve as support for the bridge, they must be healthy and structurally sound. If you are suffering from periodontal disease, you will need to undergo treatment for this condition first.
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge can dramatically enhance both the appearance and function of your smile.
For patients interested in an implant-supported dental bridge, there are additional candidacy requirements. In order to support implants, you must reach a minimum level of healthy bone tissue density. Certain preparatory procedures, such as sinus lifts or bone grafts, can improve your candidacy.
Also known as crown-supported bridges, this type of restoration is held in place by two dental crowns on either side of the gap in your smile. To place the crowns, Dr. Luria or Allswang will first prepare your tooth by gently removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the restoration. Next, we will take a series of impressions and send them to our trusted dental laboratory.
It typically takes about one to two weeks for the lab to fabricate your custom restoration. In some cases, we may fit you with a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth during this interim. Once the restoration is ready, you can return to our office for placement. Dr. Luria or Allswang will double-check the fit and feel of your bridge before placing it permanently.
By replacing the root as well as the chewing surface, an implant-supported bridge can protect against jawbone atrophy. This type of restoration is also often more comfortable and natural-looking than other tooth replacement options.
To receive an implant-supported bridge, you will first need to receive the implants themselves. After surgery with Dr. Mark Luria, it typically takes about four to six months for the posts to fuse with the jawbone. One you have healed, your dentist can attach the permanent bridge using small connector pieces known as abutments.
Bridge the Gaps in Your Smile
If you are interested in restoring your smile after tooth loss, a dental bridge may be the right solution for you. To learn more about the restoration options available at Dearborn Family Dentistry, contact our office online or call (313) 565-5507 to speak with a member of our team today.
Our dentists are passionate about helping patients. Drs. Mark Luria, Bruce Luria, and Rena Allswang all began careers in dentistry to improve not only their patients' smiles, but also the quality of their lives.- Dearborn Family Dentistry