Dental Bridge in Tulsa, OK at Henrich Dental
Losing teeth is one of the most traumatic medical instances for a dental patient. Avoiding tooth loss is one of the single biggest aims in all of dentistry, making the loss of teeth an incredibly discouraging event. Thankfully the replacement options for teeth have grown over the years. When someone loses teeth now, it’s a matter of finding the most comfortable and affordable replacement solution. Left unaddressed, tooth loss will hinder eating, speaking, and even smiling. Thanks to dental bridges, function can be fully restored.
At Henrich Dental, we specialize in providing advanced cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. Dental bridges are an effective way to replace one or more missing teeth. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that the restoration fits perfectly in your mouth and last for years. Dr. Henrich places dental bridges in Tulsa, OK for patients in Tulsa County, Creek County, Osage County, and beyond.
A dental bridge contains prosthetic teeth that replace missing teeth. The device replaces one or more missing teeth in a comfortable, attractive fashion. The “bridge” is anchored in the mouth in a natural position by using healthy teeth to stabilize the ends of the device. People that need a bridge will find that it serves many useful functions:
- Supports the lips and cheeks like natural teeth do
- Decrease stress on the tissues and gums
- Reduces the risk of gum disease
- Improves speech
Dental Bridge Process: Are You a Candidate for Dental Bridges?
The entire dental bridge process will begin with a comprehensive consultation. We will review your dental history with you and see if you are a qualified candidate. We will take dental impressions of your mouth and existing teeth. Then, we will use these measurements for the creation of your dental bridges. Placing a dental bridge will require several visits with us.
The dentist takes impressions of your smile and teeth to ensure that your dental bridge fits comfortably. Technicians at a dental lab will craft your bridge customized to the impressions taken by your dentist. Your dentist will crown the teeth on both sides of the gap. These two teeth are where the dentist will attach the bridge.
They will construct the dental bridge of non-precious alleys, porcelain, gold alloys, or a combination of these materials. Bridges are one of the most convenient teeth replacement options available. Your dentist will attach them to real teeth and they will function the same as real teeth. You will not need to remove it. You can care for your dental bridge in the same way you take care of natural teeth. All you have to do is brush and floss as your normally would.
The procedure for replacing teeth with a dental bridge is extremely convenient and comfortable. Once the bridge is in place, it functions like real teeth and enables the patient to begin speaking, eating, and feeling more confident.
Dr. Henrich also offers implant-supported bridges to replace old ill-fitting bridges for a more permanent solution. He can permanently secure a dental bridge using dental implants for a stable result. We may recommend the use of a dental implant or an implant-supported bridge whenever appropriate. A permanent implant-supported bridge will give you back the ability to eat and speak with ease and confidence. You won’t have to worry about them unexpectedly falling out of your mouth!
If we use dental implants to secure the bridge, your dentist will first need to surgically place the implant post(s). A healing period of several months is necessary for the best long term outcome. Your dentist will place a temporary appliance during this time to restore function.
Once the soft tissues are done healing, or when the dentist prepares the existing anchor teeth dental crowns, he will secure the final bridge. Dr. Henrich will adjust your custom made bridge to match your unique smile.
Dental Bridges FAQs
How many teeth can be in a bridge?
The amount of teeth in a dental bridge can vary. Traditional bridges can hold one to four teeth depending on the gap. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. The number of teeth in it depends on the where the missing are and how many are missing.
Are dental bridges removable?
There are two types of dental bridges. They can be fixed, meaning that they are permanent, or they can be removable. If you want to be able to remove your bridge than making sure to choose a removable bridge, then making sure to avoid fixed bridges may be a better option for you.
Does a dental bridge feel natural?
Yes- your dental bridge should feel almost identical to your natural teeth. Many patients say that their bridge feels better than their natural teeth. Typically this is when the bridge fixes damaged teeth, or gaps between teeth.
What can’t you eat with a dental bridge?
With a dental bridge, you should be able to eat normally, however some foods are a higher risk. Sticky foods like gum and candy put you at at higher risk to experience complications with your bridges. Foods high in sugar, coffee, soda, and wine are also more likely to cause problems.
Schedule a Dental Exam for a Dental Bridge
Tulsa cosmetic dentist Dr. Frank Henrich offers comprehensive and complete dental services for all types of dental implants under one roof. Whether you have experienced tooth damage or missing teeth, our team can work with you to find the best solution for your smile. Contact us today to learn more about these options for cosmetic and restorative procedures. We will work closely with you to determine which procedure will provide you the results you are looking for. Give us a call at (918) 262-4731 or schedule an appointment online today.