Exquisitely Crafted Dental Bridges to Restore Your Bite and Smile
Dental bridges are one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth because they are reliable, realistic, and affordable. This type of custom-made prosthetic can be supported by healthy adjacent teeth, filling any gaps in your smile. Dr. Paul V. Archacki also offers implant-supported bridges to qualified patients in his Boynton Beach, FL, office, collaborating with a skilled oral surgeon in the area. Whichever bridge you choose, Dr. Archacki will ensure that it fits securely, looks natural, and functions just like your natural teeth.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
If you are missing between one and three teeth, a bridge is likely appropriate. On the other hand, if you are missing all or most of your teeth, we can supply traditional full dentures. A dental bridge will fit over the nearby natural teeth, so these must be strong enough to give the restoration sufficient support. If you have suffered decay or some other type of damage, these issues must be addressed before you can receive a bridge.
Dr. Archacki will ensure that your bridge fits securely, looks natural, and functions just like your natural teeth.
Implant-supported bridges can perform a similar function. However, this type of restoration sits on top of permanent dental implants, rather than your teeth. Therefore, you must have enough bone tissue in your jaw to uphold implants. Your surgeon will evaluate your overall oral health to determine your eligibility for this treatment. Fortunately, a bone graft can often restore your implant candidacy.
Planning and Placement
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Archacki works with incredible precision when planning dental bridges. In addition to considering your missing teeth and the abutment teeth, he will evaluate your overall smile to ensure your bridge blends seamlessly. When he has designed a natural-looking restoration, he will reshape the supporting teeth. He will remove a small amount of tissue to accommodate the bridge. Your teeth will be numb during the process, so you should feel virtually nothing.
Next, Dr. Archacki will take impressions of your reshaped teeth. He will send the molds, along with photos of your smile, to our lab. The technicians can create your bridge from several different materials. Porcelain-fused-to-metal bridges are available, but we usually recommend all-porcelain restorations for the most realistic results. With this type of bridge, Dr. Archacki will often complete the shading in the office. That way, he can be sure that it matches the color of your smile as closely as possible. He will also make any needed adjustments to the shape and fit of the prosthetic. When he is finished, he will attach the restoration with composite.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
The most immediate benefit of a dental bridge is that it will restore your smile and end the inconvenience of missing teeth. The prosthetic will also fill out your lips and cheeks, giving your entire face a younger look. Further, you will quickly notice that your bridge makes it easier to eat. You may even be able to enjoy foods that you have not been able to eat for years. In some cases, speaking may be easier, as well.
At the same time, bridges offer other long-term benefits. For instance, by filling in the gap in your smile, a bridge will keep your other teeth from shifting. In turn, this will prevent crowding, overall misalignment, bite imbalance, and related issues, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. If you choose an implant-supported bridge, the implant posts will prevent bone recession. Therefore, you can enjoy a strong, youthful jawline, and a lower risk of tooth loss.
Contact Us for a Restorative Consultation
If you are missing one to three teeth, Dr. Archacki can provide a dental bridge that restores function, aesthetics, and confidence. To learn more about dental bridges and their many benefits, contact Dr. Archacki’s office online today. You can also reach us by calling (561) 736-1177.
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