Dental Bridges Can Fill a Gap to Restore Your Smile
If you have one or a few damaged teeth in a row in need of attention from your dentist, dental bridges may be the best solution. Dental bridges are custom-made for a comfortable fit, then securely attached to teeth at either end of the gap, restoring your ability to chew, speak, and smile confidently. Dr. Gilbert Palmieri is a distinguished dentist providing patients with masterfully crafted dental bridges from his practice in Lancaster, PA.
Dr. Palmieri has achieved the designation of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), placing him in the top 2% of dentists around the world. He is committed to continuing his own education and educating his patients, and prides himself on providing lasting solutions for his patients with dental bridges and much more.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are dental restorations designed to imitate the form and function of one or more missing teeth in a row. These restorations consist of one or more artificial teeth that close the gap and restore your smile. A traditional bridge attaches to dental crowns on either side of the gap to hold it in place. An implant-supported bridge is held in place by dental implants surgically placed within the jaw.
What Should I Expect at the Dentist’s Office?
During your first visit, Dr. Palmieri will thoroughly examine your teeth, take x-rays and measurements, and discuss your dental goals with you. If you and Dr. Palmieri agree that a dental bridge is the best solution, he will use the data to design your custom restoration. Depending on your dental condition, he may plan additional visits for procedures such as tooth extractions and gum disease treatment to prepare for the addition of a dental bridge.
Dental bridges are placed during a practically painless procedure right here in one of our treatment rooms. Dr. Palmieri utilizes tooth conserving tactics to prepare a solid foundation for the dental bridge to attach to teeth at either end of the gap. He will then place the dental bridge so you can test the comfort of the restoration before he securely cements it to your teeth. Following placement, you can immediately return to eating and speaking as you normally would with a restored smile that looks natural.
Should I Support My Dental Bridge with Implants?
Dental implants provide the most secure foundation available for dental bridges. Furthermore, implants add the unique benefit of jawbone stimulation, which helps prevent bone loss. After your jaw heals around the implants, Dr. Palmieri attaches the bridge firmly to them. Implant-supported bridges are self-supporting, meaning that they do not put undue pressure on your other teeth. Treatment with implant-supported bridges also conserves your surrounding teeth, because they do not need to be reduced for crowns. We highly recommend patients consider supporting their dental bridges with implants for the many benefits they provide.
Talk to Your Doctor Today
Dr. Palmieri has helped thousands of patients find solutions to their dental needs, and has extensive experience providing advanced care with dental bridges. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation and find out if a dental bridge is the right solution for you.