At Port Clinton Dental Care, Dr. Michael Wasserman can replace adjacent missing teeth with a high-quality traditional or implant-supported dental bridge. A bridge is composed of one or more artificial teeth nestled between two dental crowns. These restorations can repair the aesthetics of your smile and restore full dental function. After evaluating your unique dental needs and goals, we can determine which type of restoration is right for you. Our team has served the Highland Park, IL, area since 1997 and continues to provide quality dental care in a family-friendly atmosphere.
The Difference between a Traditional and an Implant-Supported Bridge
If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge can fill the gap left behind. A bridge is composed of two dental crowns and one or more artificial teeth (pontics). In the case of a traditional bridge, the crowns are attached to adjacent healthy teeth.
In addition to conventional dental bridges, Dr. Wasserman also places implant-supported bridges. These restorations are affixed to dental implants, which are embedded in the jawbone. Dental implants are small, titanium posts that mimic tooth roots after tooth loss. They provide a strong and sturdy foundation for a bridge, as well as prevent jawbone degeneration at the site of a missing tooth.When attached to implants, bridges do not require any alteration of natural, healthy teeth, preserving the structure of your smile. During your consultation, Dr. Wasserman can carefully examine your smile to determine which option is best for your needs.
The Treatment Process
If you choose an implant-supported bridge, you will first have to undergo dental implant surgery. After placement, you will have to wait three to six months for the implants to fuse with your natural jawbone, before you can receive your dental bridge.
Not only does a dental bridge repair the aesthetics of your smile, but it can preserve your dental function.
If you are receiving a traditional bridge, Dr. Wasserman must first prepare your natural teeth. He can reshape the teeth that will serve as anchors for your new bridge to ensure it fits seamlessly in your bite. Our team can then take impressions of your smile. These molds will be sent to our trusted dental lab and used to fabricate your custom restoration. This process usually takes between one to two weeks, during which Dr. Wasserman may provide you with a temporary bridge for added comfort. Once your final prosthesis is ready, Dr. Wasserman can check to ensure it fits comfortably and securely in your smile and make adjustments as needed. When satisfied, he can bond your bridge in place, revealing your new and complete smile.
Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?
Not only does a dental bridge repair the aesthetics of your smile, but it can preserve your dental function. When missing teeth are not replaced, shifting can occur, resulting in dental misalignment. In addition, implant-supported restorations can restore your oral health, promoting bone regeneration after tooth loss. This can help you avoid further tooth loss and help you to maintain your jawbone structure and unique facial contours.
Renew Your Smile
Missing teeth can affect your confidence and your overall quality of life. If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be the solution. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wasserman today, so he can determine the best course of action for your needs. You may contact us online anytime, or call our office at (847) 432-1416.