Drs. Joe McIntyre and Dan Whiting offer traditional and implant-supported dental bridges at our offices in Harrisonburg and Bridgewater, VA, as a versatile treatment option to replace one or more missing teeth. At Smiles for Life, your customized restoration piece will be designed to blend with your smile in terms of fit, function, and aesthetics. Our dentists understand that your smile is an important part of who you are, and that missing teeth can take a serious toll on both health and self-esteem. We are committed to helping you find solutions that benefit every aspect of your smile.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge, sometimes called a partial denture, is designed to replace one or more missing teeth and restore the balance, function, and appearance of your smile. Traditional bridges rely on crowns covering adjacent healthy teeth for support. Bridges can also attach to dental implants, which are titanium posts designed to replace lost tooth roots. Implants require surgery, but they allow you to avoid the alteration of healthy teeth, and are the only solution that can prevent jaw atrophy after teeth have been lost. Though implants require a greater investment of time and money than a traditional bridge, we usually recommend that patients consider this option due to the many benefits it provides. If you are in good periodontal health and are a non-smoker, you are likely a candidate for dental implants.
Dental Bridge Candidacy
In general, dental bridge candidates need to replace one or more missing teeth, but are free of periodontal disease and tooth decay. These conditions will need to be resolved before a bridge can be placed.
Our dentists understand that your smile is an important part of who you are, and that missing teeth can take a serious toll on both health and self-esteem. We are committed to helping you find solutions that benefit every aspect of your smile.
During your initial consultation, your dentist will perform an exam with detailed x-rays and scans to determine your candidacy. He will also discuss the costs and follow-up care involved. Because we believe that cost should not discourage anyone from achieving better oral health, we offer several financing options such as Compassionate Finance, CareCredit™, and LendingClub.
What to Expect during Your Dental Bridge Placement
After choosing the type of bridge you wish to receive, you will either undergo crown placement on adjacent teeth, or undergo implant placement surgery.
A custom bridge can attach to crowns or dental implants.
Once the area is prepared for your bridge, your dentist will take impressions and send them to our dental lab, where skilled technicians will customize your restoration to blend with your smile. This process can take about two weeks, and we can provide a temporary bridge in the meantime. When your bridge is complete, your dentist will check to make sure your it fits comfortably before bonding it into place.
If you are missing several teeth in a row or struggling with damaged teeth, a dental bridge may be an excellent option to restore your smile. To speak with a dentist who cares about your individual needs and will always prioritize your comfort, message us today or call (540) 828-2312 to schedule a consultation.