Using dental bridges as a treatment for missing teeth in Sterling Heights, MI
At laserDentalAssociates.com, patients in the area of Sterling Heights, MI who are seeking restorative care for a missing tooth – or several teeth – may not know what options are available to them. Missing teeth are treated with a variety of solutions, including:
Drs. Frank Rosner and Laura Pepa of LaserDentalAssociates.com encourage patients to consider treatment with one of these options if they want to restore the function and beauty of their smiles. A popular choice for many of our patients is dental bridges.
Dental bridges explained
Dental bridges are one of the most popular options for tooth replacement. While partial dentures are an economical way to achieve a new smile after tooth loss, they need to be removed every day and are a less permanent option for patients. However, dental implants may be too expensive for some patients. Patients looking for the right balance between cost and permanency will enjoy the benefits of dental bridges. These restorations are made using porcelain and include a false tooth bonded to dental crowns on each end. The crowns are used to bond over the adjacent teeth which the bridge uses as support of the new restoration. Drs. Frank Rosner and Laura Pepa find this solution to be best for many individuals.
Who is a candidate?
Any patient who is missing one or more teeth in a row within the dental arch may want to consider the benefits of a dental bridge. Dental bridges are superior to partial dentures, yet more affordable than implants. Determining candidacy for dental bridges is done during an evaluation with our dental team to check the health of the smile and decide if this restoration is appropriate for a patient based on their unique needs.
How are dental bridges made?
As with any restoration used within the smile at LaserDentalAssociates.com, we want to ensure that the restoration looks like the existing teeth so that it blends in with the smile. Our dentists take great pride in ensuring this is done properly. Drs. Frank Rosner and Laura Pepa start with a consultation appointment to determine candidacy prior to preparing the teeth. The adjacent teeth are filed down to accommodate the crowns on the ends of the bridge. Impressions are taken digitally, so they can be transferred to the CAD/CAM system called CEREC that is used in our practice for creating dental restorations. Within approximately 20 minutes, the restoration is milled out of a block of porcelain while patients wait. When complete, the restoration is bonded in place using the adjacent teeth for the dental crowns, and our patients will be able to enjoy their same day dental bridge! This restoration can completely transform the smile and allow patients to feel confident around others in social situations.
Are dental bridges strong?
Dental bridges are fabricated from restorative materials such as ceramic and porcelain because these materials are not only similar in appearance to natural tooth enamel, but they are strong and durable. Durability is essential, especially when the bridge is replacing molars that are used for chewing food. Patients should be proactive about protecting their restorations. We encourage those with restorations to avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice cubes. Patients with bruxism, which results in clenching and grinding of the teeth at night, may want to speak to our dentists about using an oral appliance. This is a special mouth guard that is made of plastic and is worn over the dental arch each night to offer an extra layer of protection for the natural teeth and dental restorations in the smile for those who experience bruxism.
Call LaserDentalAssociates.com today!
Patients in the Sterling Heights, MI area who are ready to discuss with their dentist the benefits of dental bridges are welcome to connect with Drs. Frank Rosner and Laura Pepa of LaserDentalAssociates.com. Our professionals can be reached by calling 586-838-2017 and the office is conveniently located at 36150 Dequindre, Suite 800. We accept new patients into our facility to learn about restorative dentistry options.
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