Dental Bridges An Overview
A dental bridge has been the traditional restorative treatment for replacing one or several consecutive lost teeth. It can be secured to existing natural teeth, called “anchor teeth” or with dental implants. In the instance of a single missing tooth, patients can often choose between a dental bridge and a dental implant. Dr. Durning Moore offers comprehensive restorative dental care for replacing missing teeth. We take the time to meet with you and listen to your concerns and goals before recommending the best solution(s) for your needs.
Modern dental bridges are far more stable and aesthetically pleasing, enabling you to achieve a new smile that looks and feels natural. Dr. Moore will work with you to determine the best way to secure your dental bridge and meet your oral health and cosmetic goals. The goal of treatment is to stabilize and restore your dental health, including normal chewing ability, speech and a comfortable bite.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge begins with a consultation and exam. Dr. Moore will thoroughly evaluate all aspects of your oral health, including the condition of existing teeth, the gums and the function of the jaw joints. The best outcome is designed to support your long term dental health and address any underlying problems. A personalized treatment plan will be discussed with you, including a timeline and what to expect along the way. We believe that a well-informed patient is the key to successful treatment and a positive patient experience.
If natural teeth are being used to anchor your new bridge, dental crowns are typically placed over them to strengthen the teeth. Dr. Moore will schedule a visit to prepare the teeth and take dental impressions. A temporary crown or bridge is often placed while your custom bridge is being fabricated in a dental lab. When complete, you will return to our office and Dr. Moore will secure the new bridge, which will also include crowns to cover the anchor teeth for a stable result.
If dental implants are being placed to secure a bridge, Dr. Moore will coordinate the initial surgical phase with a local oral surgeon. A temporary bridge may be placed during the healing period of several months. Once healed, dental impressions will be taken and a new custom bridge will be completed and placed. Dental implants provide a permanent restoration that will fit, function and look like your natural teeth.