Dental Bridges in Shawnee, KS
All your teeth play a crucial role when it comes to proper speech, chewing, and alignment. When you lose a tooth, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible to maintain proper function of your mouth. A dental bridge is an excellent option for correcting tooth loss, as it provides significant aesthetic and practical benefits while being virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a device that literally bridges a gap created when teeth are lost. A bridge is typically made up of one to three artificial teeth which are held in place by two crowns.
When do you need a dental bridge?
If you are missing a tooth and are unhappy with an unsightly gap that makes everyday activities like chewing, eating, and biting difficult, a dental bridge may be an excellent solution. Not only does a gap cause embarrassment and declining self-esteem, but it can also lead to misalignment of neighboring teeth and the development of cavities and gum disease. Bridges eliminate gaps by providing a replacement tooth that you don’t have to take in and out like a partial denture.
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Types of Dental Bridges
Fixed bridges are bonded into place to the teeth on each side of the gap, which permanently secure the entire restoration.
Implant supported bridges are attached on either end of the gap by implants secured within your bone. These function exactly the same as fixed bridges anchored to natural teeth.
To maintain your dental bridge, proper oral hygiene and regular checkups are essential. Cleaning consistently underneath the bridge provides us with the longest prognosis for the restoration.
Make an appointment with us to discuss which type of bridge would be best for you! Call: Shawnee Dentist Office Phone Number 913-631-4373!
Using CEREC to Build Dental Bridges
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) Bridges allow our dentists to plan, produce, and mill your bridge in-house, using a digital impression. We will analyze your case and decide if you are a candidate for having your bridge made right here in our office! If the bridge cannot be fabricated with our CEREC machine, we will send the impression to our highly respected dental labs and have them fabricate the restoration.
Process of Receiving a Dental Bridge
Our dentists prep your tooth, take a traditional or digital impression, and either digitally design the new restoration all on-site or send the impression to a dental laboratory.
We prepare the teeth on each side of the gap and attach crowns which, once cemented in place, provide support for the bridge. Fixed bridges are usually cemented to the adjacent teeth, and an artificial tooth replaces the missing one. Since the procedure involves getting crowns, we numb the surrounding area with local anesthesia. As the anesthesia wears off, any lingering discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications. Keeping you comfortable during your visit is one of our top priorities.