If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be struggling to eat and speak, and may feel self-conscious about the gap in your smile.
Kasperowski Family Dentistry in Westfield, MA, offers traditional and implant-supported dental bridges for improved oral health.
Why are dental bridges such an effective treatment?
Restore Function & Aesthetics to Your Smile
Eat & Speak NaturallyA dental bridge can replace several missing teeth in a row. Closing the gap in your smile can restore natural function, allowing you to eat and speak properly.
Achieve Realistic Results
Dental bridges are made using natural-looking materials that fit seamlessly into your smile. Our dentists at Kasperowski Family Dentistry in Westfield, MA, will carefully design your bridge for realistic results.
Superior Outcome with Implants
Your dental bridge can also be secured by dental implants which are surgically placed in the jaw. An implant-supported bridge eliminates the need to crown nearby teeth and protects against jawbone atrophy.
Types of Dental Bridges
A traditional bridge features prosthetic teeth, called pontics, which are supported by dental crowns at both ends of the bridge. Your natural teeth on either side of the gap will be reshaped so that the crowns can easily slip over them and be cemented in place, securing the bridge.
Traditional bridges are fast, affordable solutions for missing teeth and can usually be completed in just two appointments.
While traditional bridges are more economical, there are some downsides worth considering. Reshaping your natural teeth to support the bridge puts those teeth at greater risk of complications in the future. Patients with a traditional bridge will want to take extra care to prevent decay in these support teeth.
Implant-supported bridges, as the name implies, are supported at each end by dental implants, which are small titanium or zirconia posts that are surgically embedded in the bone. New bone naturally grows around implants, securing them in place. At this point, a bridge made of pontics between implant-supported crowns can be attached.
This method offers two benefits. First, no healthy teeth are altered to support the bridge. Second, the implants stimulate regenerative bone growth in the jaw, helping to maintain its strength.
Just as with traditional bridges, the implant-supported bridge will need to be replaced eventually. However, with implant-supported bridges, you'll likely only be replacing the bridge. The implants themselves can last decades or even a lifetime.
You'll generally require two implants to support a bridge. However, if you are replacing only one tooth, all you will need is a single implant topped with a crown.
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Ready to Replace Missing Teeth? Call for a Consultation
Whether you're considering a traditional bridge or an implant-supported restoration, Kasperowski Family Dentistry in Westfield, MA, has the experience and advanced dental training to create a bridge that fits your needs. Our dentists use advanced dental scanning technology to ensure your bridge is comfortable and blends in beautifully with your natural teeth.
Our 50+ years of combined dental experience give us the insight patients appreciate when deciding on dental bridges. We believe in conservative dentistry and take the time to help patients make informed decisions on treatment options. Do you have questions? Leave us a message online or call for an appointment:
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Should I choose a traditional or implant-supported bridge?
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges Are Highly Recommended for Qualifying Patients
Our doctors highly recommend that patients at our Westfield practice receive an implant-supported bridge if they qualify for the option.
In addition to closing the gap in your smile, implant-supported dental bridges prevent jawbone atrophy. Since bone recession contributes to further tooth loss, this is an invaluable benefit.
Implant-supported bridges also preserve the structure of healthy teeth. By securing your bridge with implants, we will not need to alter the surrounding teeth to support crowns, preserving their strength and structural integrity.
However, not every patient is a candidate for dental implants. During a consultation, your dentist can determine whether you have sufficient jawbone density for dental implant treatment.
How is a traditional dental bridge placed?
Treatment Timeline For a Traditional Dental Bridge
Our dentists use high-quality dental materials carefully color-matched to your teeth to create a long-lasting, natural-looking bridge.
Are You Interested in an Implant-Supported Bridge?
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Dental Bridge FAQs
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
A bridge can last five to 15 years with proper care. The better your oral hygiene, the longer your restoration will likely last. Just make sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once daily and see your dentist every six months.
Are Dental Bridges Expensive?
It depends. A full implant-supported bridge made of premium materials will cost more than a traditional bridge made of the most affordable materials. However, if you have insurance, you can expect that your plan will contribute to at least a portion of the cost.