Fill Gaps in Your Smile with a Dental Bridge
Gaps in your smile can affect your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. A dental bridge is a set of prosthetic teeth used to fill gaps left by one or more consecutive missing teeth and restore the proper function and appearance of your smile. At our Merritt Island, FL, practice, Drs. Chan Wilkhu and Mark Moffitt provide both traditional and implant-supported bridges, allowing us to tailor treatment to suit your unique needs. We partner with a trusted dental laboratory to craft custom brides that look natural and fit comfortably. Whether you want a quick solution with a traditional bridge or the advanced stability of an implant-supported restoration, we can find the right treatment option to restore your smile.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges fill in the gaps left by consecutive missing teeth. A traditional bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth supported by dental crowns. The crowns fit over the tops of neighboring teeth to support the bridge. In contrast, implant-supported bridges attach to small titanium posts embedded into the jawbone, leaving neighboring teeth untouched.
The Benefits of Bridging Gaps in Your Smile
Missing teeth can affect every aspect of your life. A dental bridge can:
- Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
- Prevent other teeth from shifting out of place
- Maintain the fullness of your facial features
- Improve the overall appearance of your smile
- Protect remaining teeth from excessive wear and tear
In addition, bridges supported by dental implants offer a wide range of other advantages. Implants prevent tissue loss in your jawbone and provide an exceptional level of support and stability for larger restorations.
Choosing the Right Option
During your first consultation at our state-of-the-art dental facility, you can sit down with Dr. Wilkhu or Dr. Moffitt to discuss your concerns, goals, and budget. One of our dentists will then perform a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health to determine which tooth replacement option is right for you. We can take digital X-rays and scans of your jaw and teeth to better assess your treatment options.
Leaving missing teeth untreated can lead to a range of other oral health issues, including gum disease and further tooth loss.
After the evaluation, Dr. Wilkhu or Dr. Moffitt will discuss your options with you and help you choose the best method. Depending on your unique needs, we may recommend a traditional bridge or an implant-supported restoration.
If you choose to proceed with a traditional bridge, your dentist will first prepare your smile for bridge placement. He will remove a small portion of enamel from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. This process ensures your crowns fit properly without appearing unnatural.
Once your teeth are prepared, we will take impressions of your smile and work with our dental lab to craft a custom bridge. It may take a couple of weeks to craft your bridge, during which time you will wear a temporary restoration. During your final visit, one of our doctors will bond your bridge into place, taking care to ensure it fits comfortably and looks natural.
If you decide on an implant-supported restoration, you will first need to undergo implant placement at our office. We will carefully select the optimal location for your implant posts using advanced 3-D cone beam scans. During the procedure, your doctor will create small incisions into your gums and embed the posts into your jaw.
It typically takes four to six months to fully heal from implant placement. During this time, your implant posts will fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue to create a stable base for your bridge. Once you are completely healed, our doctors can attach your bridge to your implants for a fully restored smile.
Restore Your Smile Today
Leaving missing teeth untreated can lead to a range of other oral health issues, including gum disease and further tooth loss. At our practice, we offer a range of tooth replacement options, including both traditional and implant-supported bridges. Learn more about our state-of-the-art dental treatments by contacting our office online or calling (321) 459-2444 today.