At Dental Image, we help Crown Point area patients who come to us in various conditions; from perfect dental health, to decay, to tooth loss - to teeth loss.
Whether it be from a malady or an acute injury, when people lose multiple teeth, it tends to be in groups. In those situations, a dental bridge can restore the natural look and feel of the mouth and bite, and with it, a sense of confident well-being.
A bridge gets its name from its ability to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge does this by using crowns to anchor to the teeth on either side of the gap. Replacement teeth are fused to these crowns, restoring the look of a normal, healthy mouth once the bridge is put in place.
Often, bridges can be used in combination with an implant to provide additional stability in the middle of the bridge. At Dental Image, our smile restoration specialists are experts at determining just what kind of bridge will best fit your particular needs.
This is why many of our dentists got into this industry, and we are passionate about creating transformational moments through these types of restorative procedures.
When a patient needs a bridge, they are already suffering from the loss of one or more teeth. This has the potential to drastically affect both behaviors related to the mouth (chewing, swallowing, talking, drinking, etc.) and facial mannerisms. At Dental Image, we help our Crown Point dental bridge patients restore that loss, greatly improving lives by:
Traditional bridges are still the most common type of bridge used today. In a traditional bridge, a crown is placed over the tooth on either side of the gap. These crowns support the “pontic” (replacement tooth) in the middle and hold it in place.
While traditional and Maryland bridges work by connecting two teeth, cantilever bridges are used when there is only a tooth on one side of the gap. This type of bridge is generally used when there is only one tooth missing, as the size of the bridge is limited due to only having one anchor point.
Maryland bridges (also called Maryland bonded bridges or resin-bonded bridges) are a modification of the traditional bridge that attempts to reduce costs by reducing the number of crowns needed to hold the bridge in place.
Rather than construct crowns for each of the abutments (the teeth on either side of the gap), a Maryland bridge uses resin to bond the pontic to the abutments. This reduces the amount of reshaping needed on the abutments and eliminates the need to build and affix crowns for each of them. On the other hand, crowns are hardier than bonding, so Maryland bridges may not be as secure as their traditional counterparts.
Implant-supported bridges are something of a hybrid between a traditional implant and a traditional bridge. These bridges use the posts that are inserted for implants to add stability to the bridge, which is still anchored with crowns to teeth on either side of the gap.
This is the sturdiest type of bridge, but also the one that takes the longest to install, typically with separate visits for the implant installation and the bridge installation.
We start by having our patients sit down in our comfortable Crown Point office and going through an exam, usually with digital x-rays to see the extent of the damage and what options we have to fix it. From there, our smile restoration specialists sit with you and go over your options, taking care to listen to your concerns and goals.
Once we’ve worked out a treatment plan for you, we will follow those specific instructions. Usually, that involves preparing the abutment teeth for their crowns during the initial visit. A temporary bridge will be constructed based on the measurements for the final bridge, and it will be installed during the first visit to give you the chance to feel what your bridge will eventually feel like.
Bridges usually take a few weeks for the dental lab to complete. Once your bridge has been made, you’ll return to Dental Image to have it implanted. Our smile restoration specialists will make sure that the temporary bridge fits ok before implanting the final bridge.
Your final bridge will be implanted, and then checked to make sure the fit is ok. If it doesn’t fit right, there will be an additional period for adjustment before it is cemented in place. Once that’s done, your bridge should function just like your normal teeth!
Your recovery and aftercare will be dependent on your specific procedure. In most cases, though, you can expect there to be some mild discomfort which should fade shortly after the topical anesthetic wears off.
Because bridges are anchored to your normal teeth, it is vital to maintain proper oral hygiene after a bridge to prevent further tooth loss. Brushing twice a day, flossing around the bridge, and using an approved mouthwash are all great habits to ensure your bridge stays with you for years to come.
10705 Randolph St., Crown Point, IN 46307
Our smile specialists are ready to make sure your smile is as healthy as possible. We offer treatments to meet your every dental need and customized plans tailored to your smile. At Dental Image, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, happy smile. Make an appointment today and let us help you find yours.