Implants, Bridges & Dentures
The best teeth are your own natural teeth. But sometimes, a tooth is badly damaged or lost. If a tooth is lost, it is important to replace it with an artificial tooth as soon as possible. This will prevent the teeth that are left from drifting out of line and possibly causing jaw problems. Teeth that are out of line are harder to clean and are more likely to get periodontal disease (gum disease) and cavities. If one or more of your teeth are missing, Capital Smiledocs will be able to assess your particular situation and needs. We will determine with you how best to replace your missing teeth.
Implant replacing missing tooth
At Capital Smiledocs Dental we are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal dental health. We take pride in helping you understand your options and choose the procedures that will best replace your missing teeth. Please contact Capital Smiledocs today to schedule your consultation or send us a question by email.
A bridge, also called a “fixed bridge” or a “fixed dental prosthesis,” is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. (A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant). The bridge is held firmly in place by your own teeth on each side of the missing one(s) or by dental implants. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.
Bridge replacing a tooth
If you have strong teeth on each side of a missing tooth (or teeth), these teeth can be used to support a bridge. If these teeth are not strong enough to support a bridge, then dental implants may be placed. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. The implant acts as an anchor to hold an artificial tooth or bridge in place.
How are bridges made?
Impressions (molds) are taken to create a model of your teeth. The model is then used to custom-make the bridge. While the bridge is being made by a laboratory, a temporary bridge is placed in your mouth to protect the teeth and gums.
During your second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the custom made bridge bonded in your mouth.
Traditional bridges are used if there are natural teeth on each side of the gap where the tooth is missing.
Implant bridges are used if you don’t have healthy teeth or enough teeth to support a bridge, or when several or all teeth are missing. A custom-made bridge is anchored to the dental implants. Implant bridges can be used when all your teeth are missing.
Caring for your bridge
If you take good care of your bridge, it should generally last for years. Like natural teeth, bridges need to be brushed and flossed every day. We can show you how to use a floss threader to floss under and around the artificial tooth (or teeth). Regular dental visits and professional cleanings are also important. If you have already have an implant bridge, you can book an appointment with us so that we can show you how to properly care for them.
There are different types of dental bridges. Please contact Capital Smiledocs today to schedule your consultation and we will recommend the most appropriate one depending on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth) and the condition of your teeth, mouth and gums. We take pride in spending the time to explain treatment options and answering your questions to helping you understand and choose the procedures that will give you optimal results.