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Custom Dental Bridges Can Restore Your Healthy Smile

Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. By filling in gaps, these restorations could make it easier to speak and smile with confidence. Keith W. Kelley, D.D.S., offers traditional and implant-supported bridges at his Troy, MI, practice. Both can be great options, although dental implants provide superior stability and promote the growth of healthy bone tissue. Dr. Kelley will evaluate your current oral structure, as well as your dental health and budget, to help you select the right type of bridge. In either case, you can receive an astonishingly lifelike restoration. Made from advanced materials, its color and sparkle could be a near-perfect match to your smile.

Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

If you are missing between one and three teeth, you could be candidate for a dental bridge. If you are missing more than three teeth or if you are missing an entire dental arch, Dr. Kelley may recommend custom-crafted dentures. A traditional dental bridge will rest on top of teeth adjacent to the gap in your teeth, so they must be strong and healthy. An implant-supported bridge requires sufficient jawbone tissue to ensure a strong and sturdy base for restorations. Your candidacy for an implant-supported bridge may be affected if you have suffered bone recession. If this is the case, a bone graft can often make it possible to receive dental implants. With digital x-rays, Dr. Kelley can evaluate your oral health and determine the right type of bridge for you.

Placing Dental Bridges

To accommodate a traditional bridge, Dr. Kelley will need to reshape the adjacent teeth. He will numb these teeth and the surrounding gum tissue with local anesthesia. Therefore, you should feel very little as he carefully removes a conservative amount of dental tissue. Thanks to this process, your bridge will fit securely over your teeth, resting right against your gum line. Then a member of our team can take impressions of the abutment teeth and of the gap in your smile. Using these molds, artisans at our trusted partner lab can create a bridge with a secure, comfortable fit. In most cases, the ceramists will use porcelain or zirconia because these materials offer a realistic color and sparkle. Once the bridge is complete, Dr. Kelley will double check the fit and attach it to the abutment teeth using composite resin.

Dr. Kelley has the necessary skill to ensure durable, beautiful dental restorations.

To place an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Kelley will first create a personalized surgical plan. Using x-rays of your jaw, he will find the strongest places to position dental implants. Frequently, with precise placement, he can eliminate the need for a bone graft. After numbing the area, he will insert two or more implant posts into pilot holes in your jaw. Once the implants are in place, he will close the incisions in your gums. Over the four- to six-month healing process, your jawbone will fuse with the posts in a process called osseointegration. Once this has occurred, Dr. Kelley can attach your bridge directly to the implants. Like a traditional bridge, the implant-supported restoration will be made from ultramodern materials.

The Benefits of Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Bridges

Both traditional and implant-supported bridges can improve your appearance and oral function. Your restoration can fill out your lips and cheeks to give you a younger look. It can also enable you to enjoy an unrestricted diet. Further, by closing the gap between your teeth, a bridge can prevent your entire dental arch from shifting out of alignment.

An illustration of traditional and implant-supported bridges

Implant-supported bridges offer unique benefits that can have long-lasting effects on your health and the aesthetics of your smile. With appropriate care, including daily hygiene and routine dental visits, implants can last the rest of your life. Because an implant-supported restoration will never slip out of place, you can freely enjoy a full range of foods. Finally, the implant posts will stimulate the growth of new bone tissue. In this way, they can prevent jawbone recession and further tooth loss.

Why Choose Dr. Kelley When You Need to Replace Missing Teeth?

Dr. Kelley has the necessary skill to ensure durable, beautiful dental restorations. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, he knows how to provide realistic bridges that will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile. Simultaneously, with his extensive experience, he can ensure that your bridge does not upset the healthy force of your bite. Above all, he is committed to your comfort and safety. Therefore, he will take all the time necessary to answer questions and create a personalized treatment plan.

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There is no need to suffer from the embarrassment and inconvenience of missing teeth. Contact our office online to learn more about dental bridges or call (248) 828-3185 to schedule an appointment.

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