Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can make it difficult to speak and eat properly. It can also be embarrassing and affect your self-confidence. 

A dental bridge can restore function of your bite by replacing up to three consecutive missing teeth. 

Dr. Khan at Hunters Creek Dental Center in Orlando, Fl can create a dental bridge that will restore a confidante and beautiful smile.  

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Traditional Bridge

A traditional dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or multiple consecutive missing teeth. Dr. Khan can place a dental crowns on the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap, providing support to the artificial tooth or teeth, called pontics. The pontics fill in the gap caused by missing teeth. This can be done using dental implants, or by using two of the natural teeth on either side of the gap as anchoring teeth. 

Implant supported Dental Bridge illustration

Implant-Supported Bridge

Dental implants can also support a dental bridge. Dental crowns attached to dental implants act as the supporting structure for the pontics. Only dental implants can prevent jawbone deterioration that happens when the bone stops having the stimulation of the tooth root. Implants use titanioum posts surgically placed into the jawbone which then fuses to the bone. This process is called osseointegration. 

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Benefits of Dental Bridge?

Bring Back Dental Function

If you are a patient with missing teeth, it can be difficult to talk and chew. At Hunters Creek Dental Center, a dental bridge can restore bite function, helping you speak and eat with ease again.

Stop Shifting Teeth

If you are missing a tooth, it can cause surrounding teeth around the gap to shift from their natural position. Filling the gap with a dental bridge can bring back stability in your bite and stop shifting teeth. 

Deliver Bone Support

An implant provides excellent support to the jawbone. Atrophy of the bone can happen from a single missing tooth. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone by replacing the missing tooth root. 

Facial Structure Support

By filling in facial structure gaps with a dental bridge, it helps your lips and cheeks fall into place as they would with your natural teeth.

Long lasting Results

A dental bridge can last more than 10 years with regular check-ups with your dentist. 

Maintain Oral Health

A dental bridge can reduce tooth decay, bone loss and periodontal disease. 

Dental Bridge Placement

Usually it will take multiple appointments if you are a candidate for a dental bridge. Especially for an implant supported bridge or if you need an extraction. In the first visit our dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by sculpting the surrounding teeth and preparing the temporary bridge. 

Preparation

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Preparation

Dr. Khan readies the teeth on both sides of the gap where the false tooth goes. A mild anesthetic will be administered to keep the patient comfortable.

Impressions

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Impressions

utilizing digital technology, Dr Khan will capture impressions of your mouth to send to our in house lab to craft a custom restoration. While the permeate bridge is being built, a temporary bridge will be used.

Sculpting

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Sculpting

For traditional bridges our dentist will sculpt the surrounding teeth so the final dental bridge can sit comfortably and blend seamlessly with your other teeth.

Placement of Permanent Bridge

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Placement of Permanent Bridge

Once the permanent bridge is ready, Dr. Khan will make sure the function and fit is perfect before permanently cements it into place.

Frequently Asked Quetions

Are bridges painful?

Dr. Khan will numb the treated area before the procedure to ensure that you are comfortable.  Our Orlando, FL dentistry practice offers sedation options for dental anxiety if you need additional comfort. 

How long to dental bridges last?

A dental bridge can last up to 10-15 years and longer with proper care and regular dental check-ups. At Hunters Creek Dental Center we use durable and high-quality materials such as porcelain.  

How much do dental bridges cost?

Since a dental bridge is a customized treatment, the cost can vary depending on each patient’s needs. During your visit, Dr. Khan will develop a customized treatment plan. If you have dental insurance, our skilled team will assist you in understanding what your out-of-pocket expenses will be. If you do not have dental insurance, we offer CareCredit financing options.

What are alternatives to dental bridges?

If you are missing several teeth in a row, partial dentures are an alternative for a bridge. During your initial consultation, your dentist, Dr. Khan will help you determine which is a better option for your unique dental needs.