A dental bridge is a prosthetic dental restoration that consists of a false tooth and one or two dental crowns. The false tooth typically fills in the gap of a missing tooth, and the crowns on either side act as a support system for the new artificial tooth. There are several types of dental bridges including traditional, cantilever, and Maryland. During a consultation with Aventura, FL dentist Dr. David Bistritz, he will be able to assess which type is best for you. To set up an appointment, call Aventura Dental Center today.
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What to Expect
To prepare the teeth for the bridge, Dr. Bistritz will file down the abutment teeth to create enough room for the crown. Once the teeth are prepared, digital X-rays and impressions will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the fixed bridge is created. Dr. Bistritz will cover the teeth with temporary crowns for protection until the fixed bridge is ready, then he will attach the bridge and adjust the fit for ideal comfort and appearance.
With proper home care and regular visits to our office for professional cleanings and dental exams, dental bridges usually last 5 – 15 years or longer. A good home oral care routine includes proper brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. During future dental exams, Dr. Bistritz will check the condition of your bridge and let you know when it is time for a replacement.
If you have dental insurance, some or most of the cost of your dental bridge may be covered depending on your carrier and specific coverage. Our office will coordinate with your insurance to minimize your personal cost. We also accept many payment options and offer financing for our dental procedures.
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Smile Without Gaps
Large spaces between teeth and missing teeth can stop you from having your best smile, so talk to our office about dental bridges to fill in gaps. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, bridges can restore the health and strength of your teeth.
Who is a candidate for Dental Bridges?
People who are missing one or more teeth may be good candidates for dental bridge treatment. It is necessary to have healthy teeth and gums surrounding the area where a bridge is needed, so the restoration can be adequately supported. Here at Aventura Dental Center, patients can expect to receive thorough care that takes into account their needs, current dental health, and long-term benefits of treatment.
How do I prepare for my dental bridge treatment?
Most patients do not need to take any special precautions before getting dental bridge treatment. During the consultation for care, the dentist will discuss recommendations based on the procedure that will be performed. For example, some patients who choose to get an implant-supported bridge may need to take antibiotics before or right after their procedure. Patients may also be advised to avoid certain medications or habits, such as using tobacco.
Will I ever need future Dental Bridge treatment?
Dental bridges sometimes need to be replaced. During each dental exam, the dentist carefully evaluates the bridge, it’s crowns, and the health of the gums around the anchor teeth. A bridge may need to be replaced if it sustains damage such as fractures that may result from clenching, grinding, or chewing on hard objects. Further treatment may also become necessary in another area of the mouth if tooth loss occurs.
Is the Dental Bridge Procedure painful?
No. It does not hurt to get a dental bridge. When preparing teeth for their crowns, the dentist can administer a local anesthetic via injection. This same technique is used when patients choose dental implant supported bridges. Local anesthetic numbs the area around the tooth so patients feel comfortable through their procedure.
How long do Dental Bridges last?
A dental bridge can last 5 to 7 years or more. With daily oral care that includes brushing twice and flossing once, even under the bridge, the restoration can last a decade or longer.
What happens if my missing teeth go untreated?
Tooth loss requires treatment regardless of the area of the mouth that is involved. Some patients think that losing a posterior tooth near the back of the mouth is a benign problem. The resulting gap does not show in the smile, so no treatment is necessary. This is incorrect. Tooth loss leaves a gap in between teeth, and where there is a gap, teeth will shift. When teeth shift, the distribution of force across the dental arches is imbalanced. A host of additional problems can stem from unaddressed tooth loss. Examples include TMJ disorder, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Are there different types of dental bridges available?
Dental bridges may vary slightly based on needs and preferences. Historically, the vast majority of dental bridges were fixed with two dental crowns. This restoration looks like three artificial teeth all connected as one unit. This type of bridge is stabilized by the two teeth on the sides of the gap. Bridges may also be supported with dental implants, small titanium posts that the dentist inserts into the jawbone. An implant supported bridge may replace two or more teeth. Finally, a dentist may use a cantilever bridge to replace a tooth with only one adjacent natural tooth. For example, to replace a molar at the very back of the mouth. The most appropriate dental bridge
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