Dental bridges can address multiple Cosmetic and Restorative issues. Not only are these restorations capable of improving the aesthetics of your smile, they can also enhance your ability to bite and chew, and at the same time reduce the risk of shifting teeth. Dr. Dmitry Karagodsky offers both traditional and implant-supported Dental Bridges at his Philadelphia, PA, practice. These restorations may be appropriate if you are missing multiple teeth. At Smile Maker, we use advanced materials to provide remarkably durable and lifelike restorations. At the same time, our restorations are very reasonably priced, and we offer Financing Solutions in order to make your bridge even more affordable.
If you are missing one to two teeth in a row, you are most likely a candidate for a dental bridge. Nevertheless, you must meet certain health conditions to qualify for this form of restoration. For traditional restorations, the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile have to be strong enough to support a bridge. If these teeth are weak, Dr. Karagodsky may recommend a partial Denture instead. Furthermore, if you are considering an implant-supported bridge, your jawbone must be healthy enough to support the titanium posts. If you have sustained jawbone recession, you may require Bone Grafting before you are able to undergo implant surgery. Dr. Karagodsky will use x-rays to evaluate your oral health in detail, and to determine the right kind of restoration for you.
Both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges consist of multiple Crowns fused together. However, a traditional bridge will rest on your natural teeth, while an implant-supported bridge will attach to metal implant posts. In order to place a standard bridge, Dr. Karagodsky will need to reshape your teeth. After numbing the treatment area and the surrounding gum tissue, he will remove several layers of enamel and dentin. He will then take impressions of your teeth, allowing our in-house lab to create a remarkably precise restoration.
We also offer comprehensive Implant Dentistry on-site. To place an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Karagodsky will first have to perform implant surgery. A bridge will generally require two implant posts that Dr. Karagodsky will set in the strongest areas of your jawbone. You will then need to undergo a healing period of approximately four to six months, during which time your jaw will fuse around the implant posts in a process called osseointegration. In the interim, we will supply you with a temporary bridge. Once you have fully healed, Dr. Karagodsky will attach abutment pieces and your permanent restoration.
Smile Maker can use a number of materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, zirconium, and IPS e.max®. The material which will benefit you most will depend on your budget and concern for aesthetics, among other considerations. To ensure the best possible results, our in-house lab will typically take two weeks to fabricate your bridge. During this period, we can supply a temporary prosthetic.
An implant-supported bridge will send regenerative signals to your jaw. In this way, it can stop jawbone recession and prevent additional tooth loss.
Dental bridges can dramatically restore your oral health, dental function, and appearance. Once in place, you can enjoy your normal diet, most of the time without restriction. A bridge can also prevent other oral health issues. For example, when you have missing teeth, your other teeth can slowly shift into the gap in your smile. A bridge will fill in this gap to prevent dental misalignment. It can also redistribute the force of your bite evenly across your dental arches, eliminating excess pressure on your jaw joints and reducing your risk for Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. Moreover, an implant-supported bridge will send regenerative signals to your jaw. In this way, it can stop jawbone recession and prevent further tooth loss.
We work hard to keep our bridges affordable, even when we use state-of-the-art materials. We also accept most major insurance plans, along with several forms of credit. If desired, our team can explain third-party Financing options, such as CareCredit® and LendingClub. Then we can help you to determine if one of these solutions works for you.
If you are missing teeth, we can easily restore your health, smile, and self-confidence. Call our office at (215) 969-2015 or Contact Smile Maker Online Today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karagodsky. He can help you to determine which type of dental bridge is most suited to your needs.