Why replace missing teeth?
Replacing missing teeth not only makes a smile fuller and more balanced, it improves oral health and prevents overcrowding and tooth decay. If you are missing one or multiple teeth, you may benefit from a dental bridge. Dental bridges can be removable, fixed, or secured with dental implants for a more permanent restoration.
Removable and Fixed Dental Bridges
Removable dental bridges are typically a short-term solution while an implant-secured dental bridge is being prepared. They are used to ensure that teeth are in position. Fixed dental bridges utilize a prosthetic tooth connected to two dental crowns covering teeth on either side. However, this can put stress on natural teeth.
Implant-Secured Dental Bridges
Dr. Raymond Ribitch works with an oral surgeon to place dental implants for implant-secured dental bridges. This solution is best for multiple consecutive missing teeth. After the dental implants are inserted, they need a healing period of 3 to 6 months to fuse with bone tissue. Then the dental bridge can be placed permanently.
Dental Bridges FAQs
How do you care for a dental bridge?
A removable dental bridge should be removed and cleaned twice a day. When secured with dental implants, dental bridges can be maintained like regular natural teeth.
How long is the dental bridge procedure?
The dental bridge procedure usually takes an hour to an hour and a half over two office visits. For implant-secured bridges, implants are prepared for crowns in the first visit and the dental bridge is added during the second procedure.
Is the dental bridge procedure painful?
No, it is not painful because teeth are numbed with anesthesia during the procedure.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have multiple missing teeth, restore them with dental bridges today. Mid Michigan Smiles is your destination for complete restorative dentistry services. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Ribitch and his team at 989.200.3896. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure your comfort during treatment.