Completing Your Smile with Dental Bridges
Patients with one or more consecutive missing teeth can fill the gaps in their smile with a dental bridge. Dr. Donald Tucker offers traditional and implant-supported dental bridges at his Buffalo, NY, practice. Regardless of which type of bridge you receive, you can count on Dr. Tucker’s decades of experience to restore your oral function and complete your smile.
Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Bridges
A traditional bridge is comprised of one or more artificial teeth that attach to the adjacent intact teeth with dental crowns. Alternatively, an implant-supported bridge is attached to titanium implants that are surgically embedded in the jawbone.
While traditional bridges have long served the important purpose of completing a smile, implant-supported bridges have a few unique benefits:
Functioning as a tooth root, dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration.
Adjacent teeth do not need to be altered to place the bridge.
Implants provide unparalleled durability and reliability for the attached bridge, and they can last for a lifetime with proper care.
Implant-supported bridges look and feel extremely lifelike.
Placing Your Dental Bridge
To place a traditional bridge, Dr. Tucker will reshape the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to accommodate the crowns. Patients will receive a local anesthetic in advance, but can receive additional sedation if necessary. Impressions will be taken of the treated teeth. A temporary bridge can be provided while you wait for your permanent bridge to be fabricated. When the permanent restoration is ready, you will return to our office to have the permanent bridge secured in place.
Patients who opt for an implant-supported bridge will first undergo dental implant surgery to have implant posts placed into their jaw. In many cases, a temporary bridge will be attached the day of the surgery. Permanent restorations can be attached once you have fully healed, in approximately four to six months' time.
Regardless of which type of bridge you receive, you can count on Dr. Tucker’s decades of experience to restore your oral function and complete your smile.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
Dr. Tucker will conduct a complete evaluation to determine if a bridge is the right restorative treatment for you, and, if so, which type of bridge would best suit your needs. First, he will consider the number of missing teeth and evaluate the abutment teeth, which must be strong enough to support the restoration. For example, patients with fillings or decay in the abutment teeth may not be eligible for a traditional bridge.
In determining your candidacy for an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Tucker will take your jawbone health into account. A strong jawbone is necessary to anchor dental implants. For patients with insufficient jawbone tissue or patients who have suffered jawbone atrophy, a bone graft or a sinus lift can fortify the bone and improve eligibility for implants.
Learn More About Dental Bridges Today
Replacing missing teeth is critical to achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of dental bridges, or you would like to find out which type of bridge is right for you, call us today at (716) 221-6711, or contact us online to schedule your consultation.