Dental bridges provided at our Denville, NJ, practice can replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge, sometimes called a partial denture, can attach to adjacent teeth or dental implants to repair your smile, renew your dental function, and protect your overall dental health. At Lashen Dental Group, Dr. Stephen Lashen, Dr. Jessica Klein and Dr. Jason Klein create bridges using digital impressions of your teeth and gums for faster and more comfortable treatment. They will also consider the overall look of your smile. Working closely with the lab technicians, they will provide a bridge that looks totally natural.
If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, a dental bridge may be recommended. To qualify for a traditional bridge, your nearby teeth must be structurally sound. If they are weakened by decay or other damage, they may not be strong enough to support the restoration. Implant-supported bridge candidates must have a healthy jawbone. If you have suffered jaw recession, you may still be able to receive implants following a bone graft or sinus lift.
To place a traditional bridge, your dentist will carefully reshape the two teeth on either side of the gap. He will work very gently, and your teeth will be numb during the treatment. With this careful approach, you should experience very little discomfort. Next, your dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth and the gap in your smile. The imaging process will be very quick and much more comfortable than taking messy manual impressions. Our lab technicians will use these images to design and fabricate your bridge. It will usually take two weeks for them to complete the restoration. In the meantime, we can provide a temporary bridge, which will fill the gap in your smile and restore much of your dental function. You may experience some temporary sensitivity, especially in response to heat and cold. However, once your dentist attaches the final restoration, discomfort should subside quickly.
If you choose an implant-supported bridge, we will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for implant placement. Dr. Lashen, Dr. Jessica Klein or Dr. Jason Klein will oversee the entire process, coordinating with your doctor to create a precise surgical plan. After your implant surgery, you will need to wait about four to six months for your jaw to heal. During this time, we can provide a temporary prosthetic, just as we do for patients who choose traditional bridges. After your jawbone has fused to the implant posts, we will attach your permanent restoration.
Bridges restore aesthetics, balance, and function to your smile. They also prevent dental misalignment. Without this restoration, your other teeth would gradually shift into the gap in your smile. Extensive misalignment could also increase your risk for decay, TMJ disorder, and other issues.
If you choose an implant-supported bridge, the implants will prevent the jaw recession that follows tooth loss. In fact, implants are the only restorative treatment that provides this benefit. The implant posts will replace your dental roots, providing superior support for your bridge. Because of the many important benefits implants provide, we typically recommend that patients consider this option. Insurance does not usually cover the cost of implants, but we can work with you to determine a payment plan with which you are comfortable.
To learn more about dental bridges and to find out which type may be right for you, contact our office today. Our team looks forward to helping you restore your oral health and your confidence with our fully customized treatments.