Dr. Lebedoff

5314 S. Yale Ave. Suite 1100
Tulsa, OK 74135

Dental Bridges

Your mouth is uniquely designed for speech and chewing. The upper and lower arch work in tandem with the movements of the jaw. Teeth are a vital part of this system; when a tooth is lost, this instantly compromises the integrity of the arch.

The loss of one tooth leads to the loss of other teeth — without the full arch to provide support, teeth next to an empty space will migrate into it, loosen, and fall out as the bone also melts away below the surface.

Fortunately, several options for replacing missing teeth and restoring function exist. Of these, a dental bridge is one of the simplest.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

If Dr. Lebedoff recommends a dental bridge, you can have the process completed here at our Tulsa dental office. The benefits of dental bridges include the ability to:

How Bridges Work

Dental Bridges

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

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Bridges are attached to the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap (also called abutment teeth). The frame of the bridge spans the space left open by the missing tooth or teeth, and also supports the restoration.

Fixed bridges are cemented to the abutment teeth or to. Removable bridges are attached to the abutment teeth with small metal clasps or precision attachments. Fixed bridges may also be referred to as "fixed partial dentures".

Bridges are made of gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of those materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal. The restoration will be porcelain so it will most accurately mimic the tooth or teeth it is replacing.

The restoration is called a pontic; one or more may be used depending on how many teeth are missing. The pontic is custom made, polished to a natural shine, and installed permanently on the bridge itself. The result is a rehabilitated arch of teeth that allows natural chewing, speech, and aesthetics to be restored.

Bridge Creation and Installation

Fitting a bridge typically requires two or three visits to our dental office in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Lebedoff will talk to you about your options and help you select either a removable or fixed bridge.

Your new visible tooth will feel and function just like your original tooth, while looking almost indistinguishable from your other teeth. 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. 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 OTC 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.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at (918) 492-3003.

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