Understanding Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are tooth loss solutions made of either porcelain or zirconia. In cases where extra support is needed, such as for weight-bearing teeth in the back of the mouth, porcelain fused to metal is often a good option. Traditional bridges use teeth on either side of the gap to support the artificial tooth in the middle. However, Drs. Wagner and Wagner typically recommend using dental implants to support a bridge because of their ability to fuse with the jawbone and last a lifetime. Using a dental implant has a number of benefits, including eliminating the need to alter the structure of the adjacent teeth tissue to accommodate a bridge, preserving jawbone density, and replacing the tooth root. Finally, with proper care, an implant-supported bridge will last much longer than a traditional one, which can prevent costly procedures in the future.
Placing Your Bridge
Traditional bridges require two separate appointments. At your first appointment, Dr. Wagner will begin by gently reshaping the abutment teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. This is done so the crowns fit securely over the abutment teeth to support the pontic (or artificial tooth) in the middle. Once the teeth have been prepared, your dentist will take impressions and send them to our dental laboratory so your dental bridge can be fabricated, and you can leave our office with a temporary bridge in place. Approximately two weeks later, your permanent restoration will arrive and you can come in for your second appointment to have it placed.
Drs. Wagner and Wagner typically recommend using dental implants to support a bridge because of their ability to fuse with the jawbone and last a lifetime.
For an implant-supported bridge, you will first need to have the implant posts surgically placed in the jaw. Depending on the complexity of your case and your candidacy for implants, your implants will be placed by either Dr. Wagner or an implant specialist. Either way, your treatment will be completed under one roof for your convenience. In most cases, Dr. Wagner can place a temporary bridge on the implants during your first appointment; otherwise, a healing cap can be placed until the implants have fully integrated with the jaw and replaced the tooth root. In approximately four to six months—or when your implants have fully fused with your jawbone—you can return to our office to have your permanent bridge secured to the implant. Your bridge will be made from the finest, most durable and natural-looking materials to ensure a beautiful and functional smile.
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Drs. Wayne and Wade Wagner have been improving patients' smiles and their quality of life for more than 40 years, and they understand the importance of a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. Between their renowned dental laboratory, experience, and skills, you can feel confident that Wagner Dentistry will provide you with a smile that lasts a lifetime and looks great, too. Contact our office online or call us at (702) 877-2222 to schedule your appointment.