Do you have any teeth that are missing? Bridges will help you regain your confidence by restoring the appearance of your smile. Bridges are the easiest and less expensive fixed tooth replacement without doing any surgery.
Bridges are important for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Gaps in your smile can be unsightly and make eating and speaking difficult. Your dentist will use dental bridges to fill in the void if you're missing a tooth. They aid in improving the appearance and function of the mouth, making it easier to chew and talk. Bridges have the power to transform your life. They will make you feel more confident about your smile and boost your self-esteem.
At Glen Park Dental, we perform bridges for people suffering from tooth loss or gapped teeth to serve as a medium to bring back our patients' self-confidence.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges can close or “bridge” the gap of your smile if you have a missing tooth. It is a false tooth (called pontic), which the abutment teeth on either side of the gap hold in place. A pontic can be made of various materials such as gold or porcelain. Still, often, dentists prefer to use those made of porcelain to blend with the patients’ natural teeth. Nowadays, a new material called Zirconia has replaced the old fashioned porcelain fused to metal . It is a tooth-colored metal which provides strength and esthetics at the same time.
Dental Bridges History
Four thousand years ago in China, people carved tooth-shaped bamboo pegs to fill the gaps in their smile. By 1500 BC in Egypt, people tied artificial teeth together with wires made of silver and gold. These were some examples of the early dental bridges placed between adjacent teeth to fill in the gaps.
How Dental Bridge Works
Step 1: Teeth Preparation and Temporary Bridge Placement
The first step involves filing the abutment teeth to fit the dental bridge when placed in between. The staff will then make impressions of your shaped teeth and send them to the dental laboratory for construction. A sample color will also be taken to ensure that the false teeth’ color closely matches the other surrounding natural teeth’ color.
Step 2: Permanent Bridge Placement
As soon as the false tooth has been created and ready to be set up, the second appointment could immediately occur. Local anesthesia will be administered to the patient to ensure comfort. The temporary dental bridge will then be removed and replaced by the permanent dental bridge. Dental cement will be used to put it in place on the abutment teeth. Afterward, the patient will be instructed to bite with the teeth gently, and in some cases, a few minor adjustments will be made. The final result may give you a weird and unfamiliar feeling that is normal and will diminish quickly.
Step 3: Follow Up
Aftercare and follow-up check-ups are essential for what to expect and learn ways to care for your new dental bridge. Your dentist will detail to you the recommended oral care and the appropriate time to seek dental advice. By following the recommended maintenance, your dental bridge could last more than 10 years!
Why Choose Our Service?
The harm of tooth loss is more than just compromising the beauty of your smile. It can severely affect the function of your teeth and your overall oral health. That is why it is crucial to fill in the gaps where the missing teeth used to grow. A dental bridge is the best treatment option if you have a tooth or two teeth missing in a row.
Contact our office at Glen Park Dental now to schedule a consultation, and together, let us journey into a prettier and healthier smile!
Dental Bridges Benefits
A beautiful and healthy smile is just priceless! Many patients have attested to feel more confident after undergoing a dental bridge treatment. Now, you do not need to hide or control your smile during funny banters or photoshoots. No question, getting a dental bridge to restore your smile can significantly transform and improve your quality of life!
Prevent Teeth From Shifting
Your teeth are held firmly by the roots underneath the gum line and by the nearby teeth themselves. That means, after a significant tooth loss, you will notice the rest of the teeth to be tilting toward the gapped space. To prevent teeth from shifting, the best you can do is to have the hole filled in with a dental bridge. This treatment is not only restorative, but it is also preventive as teeth shifting could eventually lead to further tooth loss.
Improve Chewing Motion
After your tooth loss, you may experience sensitivity or pain while eating, caused by the remaining teeth moving toward the gapped space. Food particles could also build up in the open space or empty socket that has not yet fully healed and cause gum disease. Dental bridge treatment is the best option for you to alleviate the discomfort permanently. As simple a task as eating or chewing should not be an uncomfortable experience! Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about our restorative dental treatments.
Tooth loss has a significant impact on aesthetics. That is why tooth loss replacement is highly essential. Dentists usually advise using Porcelain or Zirconia dental bridges as a treatment to maintain a beautiful smile and face shape.
Many people prefer dental bridge treatment because they feel comfortable in the mouth. After some time using them, you will not notice that you had the treatment in the first place. Aside from that, dental bridges are very easy to maintain. They are permanently placed to the abutment teeth and do not need to be regularly removed and cleaned. You only have to brush and floss your teeth, then rinse with a mouth wash afterward.
Small and Lightweight
Dental bridges are comfortable and convenient to use because they are small and lightweight. You do not have to worry about difficulty in speaking or discomfort in chewing or eating. The force when chewing food is not directed at the gums where the dental bridge lies. Instead, the pressure only rests on the teeth, thus creating no discomfort while chewing or eating. This treatment is a better choice compared to dentures. Removable or permanent dentures are designed so that the pressure is placed exclusively on the gums, making it uncomfortable to chew.
Only A Few Appointments Are Needed
Dental bridges only require two appointments, no more, no less! This treatment option is unlike, for instance, removable denture treatment that takes at least four meetings to complete and set up. After inserting them you can start chewing on them the very first day without any discomfort. Dental bridges are designed to provide you with long-term protection and stability. You do not necessarily have to regularly visit your dentist as it has a long life-span and prognosis.
Maintain Your Face’s Natural Shape
The roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbones’ bone cells. The stimulation is essential. Otherwise, your jawbone will start to collapse. It could subsequently lead to further tooth loss and facial collapse, affecting the shape and aesthetics of your face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Since dental bridges are permanent dental prosthetics bonded to your teeth, you cannot take them out during the day, or any day for that matter. It remains fixed throughout a period. Suppose you wish for a treatment that gives you an option to remove them sometimes. In that case, you might consider getting dentures instead of dental bridges.
Your dental bridge could last up to 15 years, but with the recommended maintenance, it may even last longer. There is no assurance as to how long exactly it may stay with you, but it sure can be worn for the long-term.
No. Unless the gaps you are having filled are where the three adjacent missing teeth used to grow.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits does not only keep your dental bridges durable, but it also keeps your other natural teeth to stay healthy and strong. Therefore, make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day to ensure that food particles caught under the dental bridge are removed to prevent cavities and gum diseases. Your dentist or oral hygienist will teach you how to properly floss and clean the area around the new bridge. That is why never miss a regular check-up with your dentist for consistent dental examinations and cleanings.
Implants offer lifetime protection, while bridges provide 10-15 years of protection. Both treatments support the jawbone density, which could significantly impact your oral health and face shape as you get older.
Once it is ready to be set up, your dentist will then fit it, make necessary adjustments, then cement it to your abutment teeth. This treatment is permanent and may wear off for the next 10-15 years. You can have it removed only with the help of your dentist.
A dental bridge is a specially fitted crown cemented on the abutment or ‘anchoring’ teeth on either side of the space left by a missing tooth. Dental bridges are safe, durable, feel, and look like your remaining natural teeth.
To clean under a bridge, gently floss back and forth the area between the gum and bridge’s base to remove and prevent tartar buildup under the false tooth. Do not forget to clean the other adjacent teeth thoroughly.
Your dentist can quickly repair or remove loose bridges by re-cementing them back in place. However, since the dental bridge is designed to last for at least a decade, it is sometimes impossible to remove a bridge without damaging it.
Bridges that were not fitted correctly increases the likelihood of food debris getting stuck underneath, causing them to rot under your bridge and cause gum disease and bad breath.
At Glen Park Dental , Dr . Hakimi and his team are dedicated to provide the highest quality dental services including Dental Bridges, so they will give you a one year warranty in case there is any manufacturing or fitting issues.
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