All Types of Dental Bridges to Suit Your Health Needs
Large gaps in your smile can severely impair your ability to eat and speak. If left untreated, these gaps can also create space for other teeth to shift in your jaw, resulting in misalignment. Dr. Jason McGibony can provide and place custom dental bridges at his office in Statesboro, GA, to help patients restore their oral health and self-confidence in one comprehensive treatment.
Candidacy for Dental Bridges
If you are missing up to three consecutive teeth, a dental bridge may be right for you. During your initial consultation, Dr. McGibony or a member of his team will assess your oral health and determine whether your surrounding teeth are healthy enough to support a traditional bridge. If your neighboring teeth are not healthy enough to support a bridge, we may suggest implant-retained options as an alternative. For patients with larger gaps, we may recommend partial dentures, instead.
If you have any additional concerns such as gum disease or aching teeth, you will need to receive treatment prior to undergoing a bridge placement so that your smile has a healthy foundation. The doctor recommend including a bridge as part of a full mouth reconstruction plan to address more comprehensive oral health concerns.
Types of Dental Bridges
Most of our restorations are made from natural-looking, long-lasting porcelain, hand-layered by a skilled ceramist at our trusted offsite lab. We also offer several types of bridges that are anchored differently, depending on your specific needs.
Traditional bridges consist of one or several prosthetic teeth called pontics, which are held in place by two dental crowns capping neighboring teeth. In order to create room for this type of bridge, Dr. McGibony will reshape your surrounding teeth before placing the bridge.
If you do not have strong teeth on both sides of the gap you are concerned about or if your gap is small enough, we may recommend a cantilever bridge. Unlike a traditional bridge, this restoration is held in place by a single crown covering an adjacent tooth. Cantilever bridges are ideal for replacing front teeth, which do not receive as much pressure from chewing as your back teeth do.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
For patients who do not want dramatic modifications to their teeth, we also provide Maryland Bonded bridges. Developed at the University of Maryland, this restoration is held in place with two small metal wings. Dr. McGibony can create tiny etches on the surrounding teeth to create a stronger bonding surface for the metal wings to hold the bridge in place.
For the right patient, our practice can use CEREC® technology to create your new bridge at our office on the same day of your appointment. CEREC bridges are made from a single block of porcelain and are created from digital impressions of your smile.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
No matter the type of restoration you choose with Dr. McGibony, replacing missing teeth or large gaps can dramatically enhance both the function and aesthetics of your smile. A bridge can allow you to eat normally and speak with confidence. The treatment is minimally invasive, allowing patients to enjoy their smile without extensive recovery. With proper care, good oral hygiene, and frequent visits to your dentist, dental bridges can last up to a decade.
Rebuild Your Smile
Our office provides several types of bridges and will tailor your restorative treatment to address your unique concerns. If you are missing teeth, call our office at (912) 764-4403 or contact us online to learn more about your replacement options.