Missing teeth leave gaps that can cause patients to feel self-conscious. They can also compromise the ability to chew, and allow surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment. A dental bridge placed at our Milwaukee, WI, practice can replace lost teeth to restore function and a natural appearance.
A traditional bridge consists of one to three artificial teeth secured in place with adjacent crowns or dental implants. If you are missing teeth and would like more information on restoring your smile with a dental bridge, please contact our office to make an appointment with one of our doctors.
Your first visit for a traditional bridge will begin with a thorough teeth cleaning. Next, we will numb the treatment area. One of our doctors will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the crowns that will support the bridge. We will then take an intricate impression of your teeth, which we will send to our partnering dental laboratory. This will ensure that your bridge is a precise fit for your smile. Your dentist will place a temporary bridge for you to wear while your permanent prosthetic is being made.
Your bridge will take approximately one to two weeks to create. When it is complete, you will come back to our office for placement. Your dentist will remove the temporary prosthetic and anchor your permanent bridge to the surrounding teeth. They will make any adjustments necessary to ensure optimal comfort.
The procedure for placing implant-supported bridges requires more time, and is more complex, than that of traditional dental bridges. However, most patients agree that the comfort and security this option provides is worth it. Your first consultation will consist of diagnostic imaging to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Patients must have sufficient bone structure to support the titanium posts, which will be surgically embedded in the jaw.
If you are a good candidate for implants, your next visit will involve placing the titanium posts in your jawbone. After your surgery, the implants will need to integrate with the bone for a period of three to six months. Your doctor will place a temporary bridge while your permanent prosthetic is created at our partner lab.
When your permanent bridge is ready, and the implants have healed, your doctor will place the prosthetic and attach it to abutment pieces that connect to the titanium posts. Once in place, your dental bridge will be securely fastened. Implant-supported bridges provide the added benefit of jawbone retention. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw will begin to atrophy, or shrink. Dental implants are the only treatment that can stop this process.
A custom dental bridge can restore the aesthetics, balance, and function of your smile. If you have suffered tooth loss, and would like to learn more about how you can benefit from a dental bridge, please contact our office and schedule a consultation.