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Dental implants are often considered the “gold standard” for the replacement of missing tooth or teeth. However, if you are missing a tooth or teeth and want or need to avoid dental implant treatment or a removable partial denture, then a fixed partial denture or bridge is what you’re looking for.

No dentist is more qualified to deliver a bridge at a higher quality than a prosthodontist, like Dr. Tyler. As a Certified Dental Technician (CDT) before he became a dentist, Dr. Tyler gained invaluable experience, working several years in a dental lab. As a lab technician, he specifically specialized in fabricating crowns and bridges for both teeth and dental implants. These experiences are noticeable when you receive the technically proficient treatment he provides for his patients, particularly when doing a bridge.

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What Is a Dental Bridge?

Implant-retained complete dentures, like conventional complete dentures, allow replacement of all of your missing teeth and gums, but they are attached to dental implants to provide a more secure fit. These dentures are still removable. They are also called implant-supported complete dentures, implant overdentures, implant bar overdentures, “snap-in” dentures, etc.

WHY SHOULD YOU
REPLACE MISSING TEETH?

Unless it’s a wisdom tooth (third molar), a tooth that has been removed should be replaced. If your missing one or more teeth, you may be all too aware of their importance to your looks and overall health. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced.

Reasons why you should replace your missing teeth:

  • You may not like how the gap looks when you smile.
  • Missing teeth may affect how you speak.
  • A missing molar (back tooth) can make it harder to chew.
  • When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the remaining teeth can move and shift. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your remaining teeth and your jaw joint (TMJ) possibly leading to temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
  • Teeth that have tipped or drifted are also harder to clean. This puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease).
  • Bone loss can occur around the missing tooth. This may cause the remaining adjacent teeth to become loose over time.
  • Loss of teeth and bone can make your face sag. You may look older.

 

Dental Implant

versus Dental Bridge

A tooth-supported bridge is in some ways less invasive, but in other ways more invasive compared to dental implant treatment. Unlike implants, bridges do not replace a tooth root. Rather, a bridge uses one or more surrounding teeth as support. These teeth, adjacent to the missing tooth space (pontic space), must be filed down and receive crowns in order to gain support for the bridge. This treatment to the adjacent teeth for a bridge is more invasive compared to dental implant treatment which needs no alteration to any natural teeth.

Dental flossing is more difficult when teeth are connected together by a bridge. Floss-threaders (coming in from the side) and a Waterpik® water-flosser are recommended for at-home care of a bridge. In comparison, an implant-supported crown between two unaltered adjacent teeth allows flossing as normal.

Dental bridge candidacy is far less restrictive than dental implant candidacy. Dental implant treatment is more invasive from a surgical perspective. Also, implants require sufficient jawbone for placement, sometimes needing bone grafting. In some cases, implants are contraindicated, making the bridge the right and only option. The primary factor in determining bridge candidacy is the health and stability of the supporting teeth. If you suffer from gum disease (periodontal disease), have tooth decay, chips, cracks, severely tilted or over-erupted supporting teeth, then you may need to undergo additional treatments before these teeth are capable of supporting a bridge.

Finally, the bridge treatment process is completed much faster than the implant process. A bridge can sometimes be finished in a single dental visit. On the other hand, dental implant treatment requires 3 to 6 months for implant osseointegration (healing) and fabrication of the restoration (implant-supported crown).

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What is a Dental Bridge made from?

A bridge can be made from several types of materials. Metal alloys (gold alloys), ceramics (porcelain), or porcelain fused to metal may be used when the bridge is made. Except for metal (gold) bridges, mostly only used for molars, the ceramics (porcelain) can be tooth-colored to blend in with your teeth. The dentist’s objective when doing a bridge is to make it look natural and function comfortably in your mouth.

How is a Dental Bridge Treatment done?

A bridge can be made from several types of materials. Metal alloys (gold alloys), ceramics (porcelain), or porcelain fused to metal may be used when the bridge is made. Except for metal (gold) bridges, mostly only used for molars, the ceramics (porcelain) can be tooth-colored to blend in with your teeth. The dentist’s objective when doing a bridge is to make it look natural and function comfortably in your mouth.

CEREC Single-Visit Bridges

No Temporary Bridge. No Messy Impression. One Easy Appointment. Combining Dr. Tyler’s certification in dental laboratory technology (CDT), and prosthodontic advanced education and training, with CEREC advanced digital technology, your bridge can be fabricated efficiently and exceptionally in a single visit. Click here to learn more about CEREC Single-Visit Technology.

How do I clean my

Implant-Retained Dentures?

It is important to keep in mind that any removable denture (including implant-retained) are not meant to be worn 24 hours a day. It is recommended to take them out at night. The tissues that are covered with denture material all the time can become irritated or even infected (candidiasis). Like natural teeth, you must take good care of dentures. Make sure to clean them on a daily basis to avoid accumulation of food particles or plaque. When brushing them avoid the use of toothpaste because most toothpastes contain abrasive particles. Liquid hand soap is a good alternative. Keep them in water or a denture soaking solution when not wearing them so they do not dry out. Rinse them very well after using any denture cleanser because it may contain chemicals that should not go in the mouth.

The implants require regular at-home and professional hygiene maintenance just as natural teeth do. Brushing the implants and abutments twice a day is very important. In addition, visits to our Registered Dental Hygienist every 3 to 6 months for dental implant maintenance is recommended.

Implant-retained dentures are a great way to provide more conformity, better stability, and better speech. Talk to our prosthodontist and find out if they are an option for you.
For any further questions about implant-retained dentures please do not hesitate to ask us.

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To provide EXCELLENT DENTAL CARE enabling each patient to maintain their teeth for a lifetime in maximal health, aesthetics, and function. In harmony with patient’s expectations, focusing on individual dental concerns, dedicated to the HIGHEST STANDARDS of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.