Dental bridges are fixed restorations that can fill the gaps left by missing teeth. These prosthetics can improve both the look and function of your smile. At J.D. Murray, DDS, & Associates, we offer highly lifelike dental bridges to patients in Atlanta, GA, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Joseph D. Murray and Dr. William Alexander work with an outstanding lab to provide custom restorations. In some cases, we may even be able to provide same-day bridges with our CEREC® system.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one to three consecutive teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. A bridge is made of several crowns fused together, and will attach to your nearby teeth for support. Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander will carefully examine your entire dental arch to determine your candidacy for a bridge. If you are missing a larger number of teeth, a partial denture is likely a better option.
Bridge Fabrication and Placement
If your dentist decides that a bridge is right for you, he will reshape the teeth surrounding the gap in your smile to attach to the end crowns of your bridge. In this way, he will create a secure base for your restoration. We will then take pictures of your smile and impressions of your teeth, sending this information to our lab. Technicians will craft a custom restoration that will fit comfortably and securely in your smile. We usually provide realistic restorations made from tooth-colored ceramic. It typically takes about two weeks for a lab-created bridge to be made, during which time you will wear a temporary. Once your restoration is ready, we will ensure it matches your bite and secure it in place.
For qualified patients, we may recommend a same-day bridge made with CEREC® technology. Like traditional bridges, these prosthetics are made from several attached crowns. After reshaping your teeth, Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander will take digital impressions. With these images, he can design your custom bridge on a chair-side computer. When you are both happy with the designs, your dentist will upload them to our milling machine. The device will produce a lifelike, tooth-colored bridge, typically in less than an hour. When it is finished, your dentist will attach it to your teeth.
While traditional bridges can be an excellent option, you may also want to consider dental implants for superior support and stability.
Bridges vs. Your Other Restorative Options
At J.D. Murray & Associates, we offer a full range of restorative dentistry treatments to meet your unique goals and health concerns. While traditional bridges can be an excellent option, you may also want to consider dental implants for superior support and stability. Implants are metal posts, surgically placed in your jawbone. As your jaw heals, the bone will knit around the posts, and they will replace your dental roots. We can attach a custom-crafted bridge that will never slip out of place. We offer implant-supported crowns to replace one tooth and bridges to replace multiple teeth. We will consider your cosmetic goals, finances, and overall health when determining the right restorative treatment for you.
Replace Teeth and Functionality
A high-quality bridge can restore your smile, filling gaps and improving oral function. Contact our office to learn more about bridges and our advanced dental technology.