Kingsland, Georgia dentist, Dr. James Lassiter uses dental bridges as a solution for patients who have missing teeth. There are many types of dental bridges; Dr. Lassiter will evaluate your condition and help you make the best choice for your long term dental health and happiness.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a series of dental crowns that are linked together to replace missing teeth in a smile. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and made from a variety of tooth-like materials.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Removable Dental Bridge – A removable dental bridge, often called a partial denture or a flipper tooth, is best used as a short term solution for missing teeth. Though a “flipper tooth” may cost much less than a fixed dental bridge, a removable dental bridge does not offer good long term benefits and frequently requires replacement or repair down the road.
- Fixed Dental Bridge – In a fixed dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A drawback to this type of a dental bridge is that it requires aggressive reduction of adjacent teeth to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge. This may not be an issue if the neighboring teeth already have dental crowns or large dental fillings. However, if the teeth are in good health, a dental bridge could put unneeded stress on the teeth, making them likely to need dental work in the future.
- Dental Implant Supported Bridge – An alternative fixed bridge solution is to anchor the replacement teeth using one or more dental implants. This offers numerous long term benefits. Dr. Lassiter will help you decide which type of dental bridge is best for you.
About the Dental Bridge Procedure
Consultation & Pre-Treatment Planning
If you have missing teeth and are considering a dental bridge, the first step is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Lassiter. He will examine your teeth, gums and mouth to diagnose your condition. Next, we will create a customized treatment plan that will address any functional or health concerns and achieve your cosmetic goals.
Dr. Lassiter will prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support the dental crowns that will anchor the dental bridge. A solid foundation is important for the success of the dental bridge and health of all teeth involved. We will take impressions of the teeth and select a material and color for the dental bridge to match the natural teeth.
Provisional Dental Bridge
In many cases, Dr. Lassiter will create a temporary dental bridge to restore aesthetics and function while the permanent dental bridge is being made in a dental laboratory.
Final Fit & Cementation
Once the permanent dental bridge arrives from the lab, the restoration will be tried on for fit, shape and color. Any minor adjustments are made before the dental dental bridge is permanently bonded to the anchor teeth.
A dental bridge does require special care. Dr. Lassiter will review at home care techniques including flossing beneath the bridge to keep the gum line free of debris. Routine visits to the dentist for dental cleanings and examinations will help to identify any issues that might arise after the dental bridge procedure.