A dental bridge can replace one missing tooth or several adjacent teeth. These restorations can be supported by dental implants or by the neighboring teeth. Dr. Alfredo Gapuz can place both implant-supported and traditional bridges at his Orlando, FL, practice. He offers highly personalized care in all cases and will evaluate your needs to determine the most suitable type of bridge. Whichever type you ultimately select, it will be designed to look completely realistic. Implant-supported bridges offer additional stability and unique benefits for your oral health. Nonetheless, both types can renew your dental function and help to prevent future health issues.
Determining the Right Type of Bridge
Typically, a dental bridge is a good option if you are missing between one and three teeth. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gapuz will consider several factors to make a suitable treatment recommendation:
- The health of your nearby teeth: Your dentist will place a traditional bridge on top of the closest natural teeth. Therefore, they must be strong enough to uphold the restoration. If these teeth have fillings or are otherwise weakened, an implant-supported bridge may be a better option.
- Your overall health: Dental implants require surgical placement. This procedure is very safe, but certain health conditions can increase your risk for complications. For example, an autoimmune disease or bleeding condition may disqualify you from implants. Additionally, severe gum disease may increase the risk of implant failure.
- Your jawbone health: Jawbone recession can also lead to implant failure because it will effect support from the titanium posts. If you have a significantly compromised bone structure, a traditional bridge may be better for you. However, a bone graft may allow you to receive dental implants.
- Your finances: Traditional bridges cost less than implant-supported restorations. We accept financing through CareCredit® and the Wells Fargo Health Advantage® credit card, often making implants affordable for your budget.
Placing Your Dental Bridge
Dr. Gapuz will use careful and conservative methods to place a traditional dental bridge. He will strive to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure, as well as lifelike results. First, he will need to reshape the abutment teeth that will support your restoration. He will also make sure that the prosthetic fits securely over your teeth. At the same time, however, he will always remove the smallest amount of tissue possible. Afterwards, he will take impressions of your teeth and may use our innovative digital technology. Technicians at our partner lab can use these molds, whether digital or manual, to create your customized bridge.
By replacing your missing teeth, a bridge will restore your healthy bite, improve your appearance, and preserve your long-term oral wellness.
To place an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Gapuz will first need to perform surgery to place the implant posts in the jaw. Once you have healed, he will attach your permanent bridge to the implants. As with our traditional bridges, our lab’s artistic approach and innovative materials will ensure beautiful effects.
The Benefits of Traditional and Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Missing teeth can have a major impact on your lifestyle, appearance, and long-term health. First, you will have diminished oral function. Eating can be tricky, and you may have to eliminate certain foods entirely. The gap in your smile can impact your confidence. Plus, your other teeth will eventually shift to fill in this gap. Without proper care, you could eventually suffer from misalignment, which can increase your risk for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, decay, and related concerns. In contrast, by replacing your missing teeth, a bridge will restore your healthy bite, improve your appearance, and preserve your long-term oral wellness.
Both types of bridges offer these benefits, but implant-supported restorations carry unique advantages. First, with this type of restoration, Dr. Gapuz will not need to reshape your natural teeth. Second, the implants will provide incredible stability, unmatched even by our superior traditional bridges. Finally, the posts will protect your jawbone and prevent tissue recession. This means you will be less likely to suffer from additional tooth loss, and your facial appearance will remain unchanged.
Contact Us for More Information
Contact Dr. Gapuz’s office online or call (407) 251-5100 to schedule a consultation. During a visit to our office, the doctor can evaluate your needs to determine whether a bridge is right for you.