Dental BridgesAn Overview
A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. A dental bridge is typically crafted from dental porcelain to help patients achieve a natural looking smile. Traditionally, a dental bridge is anchored into place by adjacent teeth. However, for a more secure solution, dental bridges can be supported using dental implants.
Boise restorative dentists Dr. Dennis Garpetti and Dr. Brock Hyder offer dental bridges as an effective solution for missing teeth. When missing teeth are left unaddressed, patients are at a higher risk of teeth shifting, bone deterioration, gum recession, and future tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth is instrumental in regaining control of your bite and preventing further dental problems.
When applicable, Drs. Garpetti and Hyder will suggest securing a dental bridge with dental implants. Dental implants provide a stable foundation to support a dental bridge. Implants secured dental bridges help support a better functioning bite. Patients can enjoy speaking, eating, and chewing without worry of slippage.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
We offer a full range of restorative treatment options to restore a damaged smile. We use state of the material and advanced technology to craft restorations that fit your oral health and cosmetic needs. Drs. Garpetti and Hyder work will explain all aspects of your personalized treatment plan prior to your appointment.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Dental Bridge: A traditional dental bridge is considered a temporary solution for missing teeth. A traditional dental bridge is designed to replicate your natural smile. Your dentist will need to remove a substantial amount of tooth structure from the adjacent teeth to support the dental bridge. This type of restoration may need maintenance or replacement in the future.
Implant Secured Dental Bridge: Instead of relying on neighboring teeth, an implant secured dental bridge is supported by dental implants. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw and used to support a dental bridge. Implant secured dental bridges last longer than traditional dental bridges. Dental implants can also help promote bone regeneration, prevent additional tooth loss, and prevent facial sagging.
We perform all aspects of dental implant services in our Boise dental office. If dental implants are used to secure a dental bridge, your dentist will surgically place the dental implants into the jaw bone. Once the implants are placed, it takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months for the implants to fully fuse into the jaw bone. During the healing process, patients are given a temporary restoration. The final dental bridge will be fabricated and attached once the implants have healed.