At Palmetto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our doctors offer durable, long-lasting dental bridges to replace one to three consecutive missing teeth. We offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges at our Sumter, SC, location to help our patients achieve optimal oral health and dental function. Of course, no matter what type of bridge you ultimately choose, aesthetics are a major focus. We will work tireless to make sure your prosthetic blends beautifully with adjacent teeth and complements your smile.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

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A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row.  We offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges to meet our patients' varying needs. Traditional bridges are typically made from porcelain-fused-to-metal or all-porcelain, and are secured to adjacent remaining teeth. This restoration is made of pontics, or artificial teeth, nestled between two dental crowns. The pontics bridge the gap in your smile. In contrast, an implant-supported bridge is affixed to dental implants. These posts will integrate with your jawbone tissue, forming a strong foundation for restorations.

The Treatment Process

If you choose a traditional bridge, your doctor will need to reshape your two adjacent teeth to make room for both dental crowns. We can administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Once we have altered your teeth to accommodate the bridges, we can take impressions of your teeth and gums, which our partner lab will use to create a realistic bridge. In addition to considering the shape of your teeth, the technicians will also match the color of the bridge to the natural shade of your smile. When the restoration is finished, your doctor will use composite bonding material to attach the crowns to your teeth.

Implants will prevent your jawbone from shrinking, which can alter your appearance and lead to further tooth loss. As such, an implant-supported bridge can help to protect your smile for life.

If you decide on an implant-supported bridge, you will first need to undergo dental implant surgery. Performed under sedation, the procedure embed titanium posts into your jawbone to provide superior support for implant-supported restorations. Once your jaw has healed, your doctor can attach your bridge. Similar to our traditional prosthetics, our implant-supported restorations look and feel remarkably realistic.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

Traditional bridges can greatly benefit your oral health and dental function. With your bridge in place, you will be able to enjoy a varied diet, without many restrictions. You may find that your speech is clearer, as well. Furthermore, your bridge can prevent dental misalignment, which can occur after tooth loss. Of course, the bridge can also improve your appearance and self-confidence by completing your smile.

Implant-supported bridges offer additional benefits. Not only are they more secure, but they will not affect your nearby teeth or require alteration. Most importantly, the dental implants will stimulate tissue regeneration. After tooth loss, the jawbone does not receive stimulation, which can result in atrophy. Serving the role of tooth roots, implant posts can prevent your jawbone from shrinking, preserving your appearance and helping you to avoid further tooth loss. As such, an implant-supported bridge can help to protect your smile for life.

Schedule a Consultation with Us Today

Our doctors are dedicated to providing the highest quality services and can tailor your treatment to meet your unique needs. To learn more about the different types of bridges we offer at Palmetto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and which kind may be right for you, contact our office online or give us a call at (803) 469-3555 (Tahoe office) or (803) 773-5411 (Guignard office).