What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that fills a gap left by one or more missing teeth. This device is cemented to existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist. A bridge is designed to mimic the function and look of your natural teeth. They are cemented to remaining teeth or to implants inserted into the space left by a missing tooth.
What will a dental bridge do for me?
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, that gap can cause various problems. Remaining teeth can shift, causing bite dysfunction. A dental bridge fills this gap, preventing such a shift. Your dental bridge will also serve to strengthen adjoining teeth. Teeth support each other, and a missing tooth means missing support.
In addition to restoring your bite and strengthening tooth structure, bridges have aesthetic value as well. Modern dental bridges are designed to closely mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth. Therefore, dental bridges can restore your smile as well. This results in greater poise, more personal self-confidence, and increased social ease.
Dental Bridges at The Dental Studio of South Tulsa
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you are not alone. In fact, the American Dental Association reports that the average adult between 20 and 64 years of age has three decayed or missing teeth. The good news is that at The Dental Studio of South Tulsa, we are experts at restoring your smile through dental bridges.
Dental Bridge Options
Dental bridges can be supported in several different ways. It is common for the artificial teeth to be supported by crowns attached to adjacent teeth. At The Dental Studio of South Tulsa we use new, cutting-edge, CEREC technology for the construction of these crowns.
CEREC Crowns and Bridges
CEREC technology is a revolutionary technology for the creation of crowns. Since crowns are the primary way to support a fixed dental bridge, this has also significantly improved the way we do bridges. CEREC crowns are unique in three ways. They are the strongest available, the most compatible with natural oral tissues, and can be completed in a single visit.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is the latest and most advanced dental crown technology available. Instead of porcelain or composite materials, CEREC uses a solid block of ceramic to construct each crown, making them the strongest available anywhere.
In addition to their strength and stability, CEREC crowns are uniquely compatible with your natural tissue since they are completely metal-free. But perhaps most remarkably, these uniquely strong and beautiful crowns can be completed in a single visit to our office. So there’s no need for waiting periods or repeat appointments.
The Traditional Approach
At most dentist’s offices, a crown will require at least two visits, often months apart. At the first appointment, a dentist takes measurements, prepares your tooth or teeth, and places a temporary crown or bridge. Then, often five or more months later, you return to the dentist’s office and the permanent crown or bridge is attached.
CEREC bridges at The Dental Studio of South Tulsa
At The Dental Studio of South Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, there’s no need for waiting or returning to the office. With CEREC technology, we can complete everything right in our own lab and give you a complete bridge in one visit! If you have missing teeth, please call us today! We will discuss all your options with you and help you get back your healthy smile!