Are you missing one or several teeth?
If you are missing teeth due to gum disease, dental trauma, or tooth decay, you may need to explore your tooth replacement options. Our restorative dental procedures aim to restore damaged teeth, and replace missing teeth.
A dental bridge is a customizable set of prosthetic teeth that are designed to fill the gap in your smile. The adjacent teeth support a traditional dental bridge. However, for a complete solution to tooth loss, a dental bridge can be fixed into place using dental implants.
At Design Dental in North Liberty, we offer a full range of tooth replacement options for patients with missing teeth. Dr. S. Jeremy Tu is committed to providing personalized, high-quality restorative dentistry for those in need. He takes a comprehensive approach to your care to ensure long-lasting, natural-looking results.
Replacing Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
If you are missing one or several teeth, a dental bridge may be right for you. Depending on your budget, dental health needs, and long term goals, a dental bridge can be tailored to suit your unique needs.
A dental bridge can help restore function for patients who are missing one or more teeth. After a consultation, Dr. Tu can determine if a dental crown or dental implants secured bridge is right for your smile.
Traditional vs. Implant Supported Dental Bridge
For patients with missing teeth, we often recommend visiting our North Liberty dental office for a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Tu can asses the condition of your teeth, jaw, and gums to determine which tooth replacement option will best suit your needs.
For Traditional Dental Bridges:
- Your dentist will reshape the surrounding teeth to prepare them for the dental crowns.
- Your dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth to help design a dental bridge that fits comfortably and appears naturally in your mouth.
- Your impressions are sent to a local dental lab. An experienced technician will create your custom dental bridge.
- Once your dental bridge is complete, your dentist will carefully secure your dental bridge to your teeth.
For Implant-Supported Dental Bridges:
- An oral surgeon will perform the surgical phase of the implant surgery.
- 3-6 months later, once the implants have fused with the jaw bone, your dentist will place your abutments and take digital impressions of your smile.
- Your impressions are sent to a local dental lab for the fabrication of your custom dental bridge.
- Once your dental is ready, your dentist will secure it to your dental implants.
Dental Bridges FAQs
Is it painful to get a bridge?
No. You will not feel pain when getting a dental bridge. Our dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area before treatment begins. You will fell a little discomfort after the procedure, while you get used to your new bridge.
How long do you have to wait before a bridge can be put in after tooth extraction?
This depends on the type of bridge. If you are getting a traditional bridge, it’s best to wait a couple of weeks for your jawbone to heal after a tooth extraction. If you are getting an implant-supporting bridge, you can almost immediately get it put in without waiting.
How many teeth can be in a dental bridge?
You can have up to 4 teeth replaced with a traditional bridge. An implant-supported bridge can replace even more teeth.
Do dental bridges look natural?
Today’s modern dental bridges look more natural than ever. Cosmetic dentists can color-match teeth on a dental bridge to seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth.
Do dental bridges fall out?
No. Properly built dental bridges should never fall out with ordinary use. If your bridge does not fit snuggly without wiggle-room, contact us for an adjustment.
Do I need a bridge after tooth extraction?
You may not need a bridge after a tooth extraction, but this depends on your situation. We offer alternatives to dental bridges, such as dental implants.
Are all dental bridges removable?
No. Fixed bridges are permanent, and can only be removed by your dentist. The same goes for dental implant-supported bridges.