Richard P. Viloria, DDS

10127 Cherry Lane
Lenexa, KS 66220

Dental Bridges

 

Whether you’re missing one or more teeth, your Lenexa family dentist has several options to replace your missing teeth. One of our most popular options to replace your teeth is dental bridges. Even if you have several missing teeth, dental bridges are a great way to restore form and function to your smile!

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental Bridges in Lenexa

A dental bridge can halt the domino effect of tooth loss and return full function to your bite.

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Dental bridges are a set of custom-made teeth that can span across a gap of one or more teeth. Dental bridges are a good solution for people with multiple missing teeth, because they don’t require dental implants for every missing tooth. Even though not every tooth is a dental implant, the dental bridge still functions as a permanent replacement. You can eat, talk, and clean your teeth as you normally would, unlike dentures.

Dr. Viloria and his team offer four different types of dental bridges: Traditional, Cantilever, Maryland, and Implant-Supported Bridges. Read on to learn about the different types of dental bridges in Lenexa. If you’re not sure which one is best for you, schedule a consultation at our dental office today! Dr. Viloria will be happy to examine your mouth and can recommend a dental bridge type that will work for you.

  1. Traditional Dental Bridges

    Traditional bridges are the most popular type of bridge. This bridge has the artificial teeth attached by two dental crowns on either side of the gap. You can get traditional bridges if you have two natural teeth that can support the dental bridge. One of the major benefits of getting a traditional dental bridge in Lenexa is that it doesn’t require surgery or healing time. Since the dental crowns and artificial teeth are created in a dental lab and are cemented to your teeth, you don’t need surgery to get them attached.

  2. Cantilever Dental Bridges

    Cantilever bridges are very similar to traditional bridges, except they only need one dental crown to attach to your natural teeth. This kind of bridge works for patients that only have one natural tooth that can support the bridge. So, if your missing teeth are your back molars and you don’t have another tooth on the other side of the gap, Cantilever dental bridges are for you!

  3. Maryland Bridges

    These kinds of bridges are more conservative compared to the other types of bridges listed here. Maryland bridges are attached by a metal framework that’s cemented to the back of your natural teeth. Since it’s held in place by the framework, you won’t need any teeth filed to attach a dental crown. But, since it’s held in place with cement on the back of the teeth, it isn’t as secure. This is a good option for people who don’t want their natural teeth altered.

  4. Implant-Supported Bridges

    Implant-Supported bridges are the strongest option for our patients. If you don’t have natural teeth that are strong enough to support a Traditional or Cantilever bridge, Dr. Viloria can place dental implants that will support the bridge. Since dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, these kinds of bridges have the most support and can last the longest. But, the downside is that Implant-Supported bridges require surgery and at least three months of healing time. But, if you need a dental bridge that will last, this type of dental bridge may be right for you.

Why Would I Need a Dental Bridge?

Needing or wanting a dental bridge all comes down to your dental health. Dental bridges have several uses, including:

So, whether you're missing one or more teeth, dental bridges can restore your teeth’s functionality and your confidence in your smile. If you need teeth replaced, give your Lenexa family dentist a call today!

What's the Dental Bridge Process?

Getting a dental bridge in Lenexa typically requires two or three visits. Dr. Viloria first examines your teeth and dental needs, and will make a recommendation of what type of dental bridge to get, and how to get started.

Dental Bridges in Lenexa

With regular flossing and brushing, your dental bridges can last up to 10 years.

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Your new dental bridge will feel and function just like your original teeth, while blending in almost perfectly. A properly customized and installed bridge can last between 10 and 20 years (permanent bridges tend to last longer).

After Your Appointment

After the anesthesia required to place a bridge, your mouth, gums, lips, and tongue will be numb for a few hours. Avoid drinking hot beverages or chewing until the numbness wears off. Expect some temperature and pressure sensitivity for a few days — this should wear off within a few weeks of placement of the final bridge and pontic restoration. You can ask our team about safe medications to take for any discomfort.

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. The bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support, and if these fail the bridge will also fail.

Ready to transform your smile? Get dental bridges from your Lenexa family dentist! Dr. Viloria and his team have many years of experience creating and placing dental bridges, so you can expect excellent care and results. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.

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