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Dental Bridges Created with Your Unique Needs in Mind

Dental bridges can address numerous Cosmetic and Restorative issues. Not only can these restorations improve the aesthetics of your smile, they can also enhance your ability to bite and chew, as well as 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 to make your bridge even more affordable.

Are You a Dental Bridge Candidate?

A dental bridge created from impressions of a patient's teeth

If you are missing one to two teeth in a row, you are likely a candidate for a dental bridge. Nevertheless, you must meet certain health conditions to qualify for this type of restoration. For traditional restorations, the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile must 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 to support the titanium posts. If you have sustained jawbone recession, you may require Bone Grafting before you can undergo implant surgery. Dr. Karagodsky will use x-rays to evaluate your oral health in detail and determine the right type of restoration for you.

Creating and Placing Dental Bridges

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 need to perform implant surgery. A bridge will usually require two implant posts that Dr. Karagodsky will set in the strongest areas of your jawbone. You will then have a healing period of approximately four to six months, during which time your jaw will fuse around the implant posts in a process known as osseointegration. In the interim, we will supply a temporary bridge. Once you have fully healed, Dr. Karagodsky will attach abutment pieces and your permanent restoration.

Our Lifelike Restorations

Smile Maker can use a number of materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, zirconium, and IPS e.max®. The material that will benefit you most will depend on your budget and concern for aesthetics. To ensure the best possible results, our in-house lab will usually 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.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can dramatically restore your oral health, dental function, and appearance. Once in place, you can enjoy your normal diet, typically 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 additional tooth loss.

Affordable, Vital Care

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 determine if one of these solutions works for you.

Restore Your Smile with a Dental Bridge

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 determine which type of dental bridge is most suited to your needs.

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