Tooth loss is never fun to encounter, but unfortunately, it is sometimes inevitable. Even with the most diligent oral hygiene routine, injury or disease can strike and place your teeth in jeopardy. Have you recently lost one to two neighboring teeth and are unsure what the next steps should include? Perhaps you’ve been told that a dental bridge would make a great tooth replacement solution.
To learn more about dental bridges and how they can effectively replace your missing teeth, continue reading, or give our Knoxville, TN office a call at (865) 588-1294. We also offer online booking for your convenience. Dr. Ruth Bailey will meet with you to discuss the available tooth replacement options and review your specific case to help you determine which would be better suited for your needs.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a type of restoration intended to fill in the gap between one to three missing teeth. They are typically made of durable and aesthetically porcelain and consist of two dental crowns and at least one artificial tooth set in the middle – fused together to make one piece. The bridge will secure to remaining teeth on either side of the gap and provide restored dental function and seamless results.
Dental implants provide a good solution for patients who desire a longer-lasting approach to replacing their missing teeth. Rather than using nearby teeth, these implants will secure to the jawbone and support the dental bridge. Dr. Bailey is equipped at restoring implant-supported dental bridges in-office
Who is a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for dental bridges include individuals who are missing one to three adjacent teeth and have healthy and sturdy remaining teeth able to support the device. Dr. Bailey will perform a complete examination with x-ray technology to make sure that teeth and gums are healthy and free of cavities and gum disease. If any oral health problems are identified, those will first need to be addressed in order to provide a healthy foundation. If you want an implant-supported dental bride, sufficient bone density and spacing is required.
How Does the Dental Bridge Process Work?
Patients who desire an implant-supported dental bridge will first undergo a minor dental implant surgery. The procedure can be completed in about one to two hours and you can return home the same day. Recovery will take anywhere from four to six months. This will give the implants adequate time to integrate with surrounding tissues.
The fabrication of traditional dental bridges can proceed once Dr. Bailey determines you are a good candidate. During your consultation, she will take impressions of your teeth to create a mold of your mouth. Lab technicians will use this mold to custom-make your dental bridge so that it fits comfortably inside your mouth. In about one to two weeks, Dr. Bailey will check that it fits properly then secure it in place with dental cement.
Traditional dental bridges provide patients who are missing one to three consecutive teeth the opportunity to quickly and effectively restore their smile. Once secured, you will enjoy improved dental function and an increased desire to smile. If properly cared for, it will last you up to 15 years.
Design Your Dental Bridge
We invite you to meet with Dr. Bailey to discuss how a dental bridge will improve the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. Contact our office today online or give us a call at (865) 588-1294 to schedule your consultation.