If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge can span the gap in your smile. A traditional bridge is supported by healthy teeth on either side of the gap, whereas an implant-supported bridge is attached to dental implants in the jaw. For your convenience, Dr. Bryan Carlin can craft a custom traditional bridge, or he can place and restore implants at our Hendersonville, TN, and Madison offices. Our team uses only the highest quality materials for the best possible results.
A dental bridge is comprised of artificial teeth called pontics nestled between two dental crowns. A traditional bridge is supported by healthy teeth on either side of the gap. At our practice, we also offer implant-supported bridges, which are affixed to dental implants. These biocompatible posts connect the bridge directly to your jawbone for added stability. They also help to preserve the structure of your jaw and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting.
In general, patients who are considering a dental bridge should be in good oral health and free from periodontal disease. If you choose an implant-supported bridge, you should be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Should you prefer a traditional bridge, the teeth surrounding the gap should be structurally sound. Dr. Carlin can examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine whether you would benefit from a bridge.
A bridge can be made of several materials depending on your needs, budget, and personal preferences. You can choose between:
Our team uses only the highest quality materials for the best possible results.
For posterior teeth, we recommend materials that are stronger and more durable. This is especially true for patients who grind their teeth.
If you choose a traditional bridge, Dr. Carlin will begin by preparing the two teeth next to the gap. He will have to remove a small portion of enamel to accommodate the restoration. We will then take impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to a trusted offsite lab. There, technicians will carefully craft your restoration taking into account the shape and size of your teeth as well as their shade. While you wait, we can provide you with a temporary restoration to protect you from sensitivity.
If you prefer an implant-supported bridge, you will first have to undergo dental implant surgery and wait three to six months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone. Once you have fully healed, you can be fitted for your custom dental bridge.
The only way to determine whether a traditional or implant-retained bridge is the right choice for you is to schedule a consultation. Our friendly staff is here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We invite you to call our Hendersonville office at (615) 431-2723 or our Madison office at (615) 868-3026. You can also request an appointment using our online form.
Dr. Carlin is such a great dentist! I trust his work & have peace of mind knowing I'm in good hands. The rest of his staff is always very kind & make going to the dentist the best experience possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone in need of a good dental home!