Dental Bridges in Auburn, IN

Restore the Gaps In Your Smile

Have you lost teeth due to physical trauma, disease, or accidents? Are you looking for a way to restore your smile with attractive, natural-looking replacements?

At Smiles for Life, we want you to enjoy the benefits a full, beautiful smile has to offer. With dental bridges, you can feel empowered to be confident, healthy and shine bright.

What’s A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a custom-made prosthetic that can fill in gaps in your smile caused by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges can make daily functions enjoyable again. With dental bridges, you will:

  • Have a complete smile once again
  • Prevent your natural teeth from moving around
  • Be able to speak clearly
  • Evenly distribute your bite pressure
  • Make chewing more natural and comfortable

Dr. Heffelfinger features both traditional and implant-supported bridges.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Bridges

If you’re missing a single tooth, or two in a row, Dr. Heffelfinger may suggest a traditional bridge. This restoration will use your real teeth as an anchor, with dental crowns attached to the end of the teeth so you have a natural-looking, stable bridge.

Implant-Supported Bridges

If you’re missing more than two teeth in a row, Dr. Henninger can use an implant-supported bridge to restore your smile.

As opposed to traditional bridges, implant-supported bridges don’t use your natural teeth to anchor. Instead, Dr. Henninger will place implants to attach the bridge, providing excellent stability and function.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many teeth can be in a bridge?

 

A bridge can replace four or more teeth, as long as there are enough natural teeth to support the bridge. If not, dental implants can be strategically placed for added reinforcement to the dental bridge. There are also various types of bridges that can address different areas of missing teeth. 

If you’re interested in learning more about how dental bridges can benefit you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Heffelfinger by calling (260) 925-4290. During the consultation, he’ll review your oral health and discuss your treatment options so you can make an informed decision.

Are traditional dental bridges permanent?

No. Typically a dental bridge will last between five to 15 years, or longer. Following a regular oral hygiene routine and scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Heffelfinger can increase the longevity of your restoration. During your checkups, Dr. Heffelfinger will examine your dental bridge and tighten the hardware if necessary.

To increase the lifespan of your dental bridge it’s best to:

  • Avoid hard or chewy foods that place stress on the restoration 
  • Use a fluoride rinse and toothpaste
  • Refrain from consuming starchy or sugary foods that cause decay
  • Remember to floss between your teeth and gums

If you’re searching for a more permanent solution to missing teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be just what you’re looking for. While the restoration may need to be replaced with normal wear and tear, the dental implant can last a lifetime.

Can a dental bridge fall out?

It’s extremely rare that a dental bridge will fall out. They’re rigid structures that are well-supported. While they may become loose over time, Dr. Heffelfinger can easily tighten it during a checkup. 

If your dental bridge feels loose, or in the event that it falls out, contact us immediately by calling (260) 925-4290. We’ll get you in to see Dr. Heffelfinger as soon as possible. In the meantime, it’s important to avoid fixing the bridge yourself or trying to re-adhere it. Doing so could damage the restoration.

What happens during the process of getting a dental bridge?

 

The dental bridge procedure typically takes two appointments which each last about an hour and a half. To start, Dr. Heffelfinger will prep the teeth surrounding the gap which will anchor the bridge in place. These teeth, called abutments, will be lightly buffed so that crowns can be placed over them. 

Then, a detailed impression will be taken so that the crowns, pontic, and bridge can be customized in a lab. Dr. Heffelfinger will make a temporary bridge for you to wear in the meantime. Once your restoration arrives, the temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be adjusted for a perfect fit before it’s cemented into place.

 

Restore Your Smile And Your Confidence

Don’t go another day without a full, stunning smile that’s 100% yours. Dr. Nate Henninger believes in empowering his patients by helping them take control of their dental health and total body wellness.

Call Smiles for Life at (260) 925-4290 to schedule your appointment today. We can’t wait to hear from you.