Bridges and Implant-Retained Bridges

If you are looking to replace missing teeth and restore your dental function, you may benefit from the dental bridges at our Moreno Valley, CA practice. Dental bridges are custom-created restorations, designed to replace up to three missing teeth. At Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, we offer both traditional and implant-retained dental bridges. Made from the latest materials, both types will restore your healthy bite and beautiful smile. In addition, an implant-retained bridge can prevent jawbone recession and related dental problems.

Is a Dental Bridge a Good Option for You?

If you are missing between one and three neighboring teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. Your dentist will carefully evaluate your overall health to find out which type of restoration is most appropriate. If you receive a traditional bridge, the restoration will fit over your nearby teeth. Therefore, these teeth must be strong enough to support the prosthetic. On the other hand, you must have a healthy jawbone to receive an implant-retained bridge, since the implant posts will rest directly in your jaw. Fortunately, a bone graft can often reverse jaw recession and restore your candidacy for implants.

Traditional Dental Bridges

As mentioned above, a traditional bridge will attach to your adjacent healthy teeth. To prep your teeth for a bridge, your dentist will carefully reshape them, creating a strong foundation for the bridge. Then, using our chairside milling units, he or she will take impressions of your teeth. The images will upload to our milling system, and the device will produce your custom bridge. Typically, the entire process will take an hour or less. Our milling system uses the latest dental materials. Therefore, your strong, durable bridge will have a natural color and sparkle.

Implant-Retained Bridges

If you determine that an implant-retained bridge is in your best interests, your dentist will perform a carefully planned oral surgery. He or she will position the posts in your jaw, where the bone tissue will seal around the posts. Through this process, the implants will replace your dental roots. The integration process will usually take four to six months, and when you have fully recovered, your dentist can attach your custom-made bridge. In the interim, we will provide a temporary, though very realistic, prosthetic. Like our traditional bridges, our implant-retained restorations are made from the latest materials.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

A dental bridge will restore your appearance, healthy bite, and even normal speech patterns. Your restoration could also have less noticeable, but no less important, benefits. First, if you do not replace missing teeth, the rest of your teeth will migrate to fill in the space in your smile. In seemingly no time, you could experience significant dental misalignment. Missing teeth can also increase your risk for bruxism and TMJ Disorder, since you may unconsciously grind your teeth in an attempt to restore proper alignment. Thus, by replacing your teeth, a bridge can prevent these serious dental problems.

In addition, an implant-retained bridge will protect your jawbone health. Like natural dental roots, the implant posts will send restorative signals to your jaw. These signals will trigger new bone growth to prevent jaw recession, a common consequence of tooth loss. In some cases, implants can even help to restore previously lost bone tissue.

Schedule a Restorative Consultation

Find out the most suitable option to restore your smile. Contact Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley to book an appointment.