Metal-free Dental Bridges Look Beautifully Natural
Missing teeth compromise your oral function as well as your smile. When a permanent tooth is missing, the remaining natural teeth lose some of their stability and are more easily damaged. A gap in your smile can also cause problems with speech and with eating, and you may feel self-conscious about the way it looks. A dental bridge is a prosthetic device consisting of one or more artificial teeth that closes the gap and restores your smile. A traditional bridge uses dental crowns to hold it in place, while an implant-supported bridge is anchored by dental implants. Dr. Byron J. Nordhus provides beautiful, high-quality dental bridges at his friendly dental practice in Wichita, KS. These non-metal bridges are custom crafted from zirconia and overlaid with porcelain for a strong, natural-looking restoration. If you would like to learn more about how a bridge can make your smile whole again, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Nordhus today.
Candidates for Dental Bridges
Bridges can be an excellent restorative dentistry solution when one or a few teeth are missing in a row. If you opt for a traditional bridge, you must have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth will support dental crowns, which Dr. Nordhus will use to secure the bridge firmly in place. If you do not have teeth on both sides to attach the bridge, or if you do not want to have your healthy teeth reduced and crowned, then an implant-supported bridge may be recommended. If you have just a single missing tooth, Dr. Nordhus can replace it with a single dental implant restored with a dental crown instead of a bridge. Dental implants provide the sturdiest support for replacement teeth, and with good care implants can last a lifetime. Dr. Nordhus can fully evaluate your candidacy and make his recommendation when you come in for your consultation.
Why We Use Non-metal Restorations
We use non-metal bridges to provide the best possible appearance. These bridge are crafted from a strong zirconia base, which is overlaid with porcelain for durability and aesthetics. Porcelain is beautifully translucent and reflects light in a similar way to tooth enamel. Unlike a metal-ceramic bridge, which consists of porcelain fused to metal, you will never have an unattractive gray line at the edge of your gums. The zirconium-based bridges we use are also compatible with the body. This minimizes the risk of tooth sensitivity, and there is no risk of reaction to the metals used in production of the bridge, which occurs in some patients.
Placing Your Bridge
Though they correct a similar problem, the procedure for getting a traditional bridge versus an implant-supported bridge is quite different.
A traditional bridge typically requires two visits to place. During the first, Dr. Nordhus will shape and crown the teeth on either side of the gap and take impressions of your teeth with his iTero™ intraoral digital scanner. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab that will custom-make your bridge. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary restoration. The second visit is scheduled when the bridge is complete. Dr. Nordhus will remove your temporary bridge and affix your new permanent bridge in place. You may require follow-up visits for adjustment.
An implant-supported bridge requires careful planning and more lengthy treatment. First, Dr. Nordhus will take 3-D digital x-rays with his i-CAT® machine to determine the ideal placement for your implants. Next, he will surgically insert the implants in your jaw tissue, where they will heal and integrate with your jawbone within approximately four months. After this process is complete, he will place a connector (called an abutment) on the implant and allow the gums to heal around it. Your new bridge will be permanently attached as the final step.
Bridges close the gap left by missing teeth, so you can eat, speak, and smile comfortably once again. Dr. Nordhus is proud to offer the highest-quality metal-free bridges. His practice has the expertise and advanced technology to make your restoration both safe and successful. To learn more, please contact us today.