Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you looking for a stable and secure restoration?
A dental bridge is a restorative dental option offered at North Meridian Dental Excellence. Our staff prides themselves on creating high-quality dental bridges in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht works with patients to discover the correct solution to dental problems of all kinds. Learn more about the types of restorative dental bridge treatments our dentist in Indianapolis, IN offers below.
Types of Dental Bridges at North Meridian Dental Excellence
Dr. Ahlbrecht and his professional dental staff provide these dental bridges to patients in their Indianapolis office:
Cantilever Dental Bridge
Similar to a traditional bridge, a cantilever dental bridge is utilized when there is no support tooth available on one side of a missing tooth. To create this kind of bridge, two crowns are placed next to each other with the pontic on the end. Just one crown and pontic can be used for some types of cantilever bridges.
Resin Bonded Dental Bridge
Metal bands and dental bonding resin are used for this bridge. The bands and resin attach the pontic to adjacent teeth. In addition, the preparation of the adjacent teeth is not required as they do not receive dental crowns.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
A dental bridge supported by implants is best for patients that still have their bone tissue. For this treatment, one or more titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone. Dental crowns cap off the implants for a natural look.
Why Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges?
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge provides multiple benefits to patients. A dental bridge can:
- Restore the ability to bite and chew evenly
- Prevent teeth from shifting
- Help support any remaining tooth structure
- Maintain a patient’s face shape
If the gaps left by multiple missing teeth are not filled, several problems may arise, such as:
- Shifting teeth
- Bone loss
- Receding gums
- Facial sagging
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Misaligned bite
Have you noticed any of these problems? Call North Meridian Dental Excellence for immediate treatment. Dr. Ahlbrecht may need to perform periodontal treatment or offer crooked teeth solutions before restorative options can be considered.
Dental Bridges FAQs
How many years does a dental bridge last?
Bridges typically last between 5-15 years depending on the patients oral care, diet, and the placement of the bridge. Most bridges last about 10 years on average.
How long after extraction can I get the bridge?
After an extraction, the patient should wait at least a month to get a bridge. This allows for tissue and gums to heal. Some dentists may recommend waiting six months to get a bridge to be sure that gums have fully healed.
Is a dental bridge permanent?
Dental bridges are a permanent tooth replacement. They are cemented and will not be removed unless they need to be replaced. Bridges not only correct missing teeth, they can restore the natural shape of your bite, smile, jaw structure, and face.
Contact North Meridian Dental Excellence’s office today for an evaluation. We will find the right solution for your missing teeth issues. Schedule an appointment or call 317.204.7134 today.