Missing teeth are often a source of embarrassment, especially if the gap is visible when you smile. However, missing teeth can also cause functional as well as cosmetic issues. For example, missing teeth in the back of your mouth can lead to unintended but serious consequences.
A dental bridge is a cost-effective replacement for one or more missing teeth that improve your physical appearance and overall health. Consult with your restorative dental team at our dental office about getting a bridge. They’ll walk you through the steps and explain the benefits. You may discover that the cost is far less than the cost of doing nothing. Call today!
Just as the name implies, dental bridges span the gap left by the loss of a tooth or teeth in the same area of your mouth. The bridge consists of artificial replacement teeth that fill in the spaces between your natural teeth. A bridge is often attached to the teeth on one or both sides of the gap, but it can also be attached to your natural teeth or teeth that have been supported with a crown.
Typically, crowns must be placed on the supporting teeth to strengthen the anchors of your bridge. If crowns aren’t sufficient, your family dentists can use dental implants, which hold the crown in place with embedded metal posts. Each situation of missing teeth needs to be evaluated and treated individually by an experienced dental professional. If you need restorative dental work and live close to Stamford, CT, the dentists at Stamford Dental Arts are experts at providing patients with the best bridges available.
You’re not alone if you’re missing a tooth. According to the latest research, more than 175 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. And roughly 40 million have lost all their teeth. Even if your missing tooth is not visible, it might cause serious oral health problems that may necessitate more expensive procedures.
Even one missing tooth can cause your surrounding teeth to shift towards the open space. Teeth cleaning and chewing become more challenging, as the shift causes your teeth to line up incorrectly. Because the tooth roots maintain bone regeneration, your jaw may eventually suffer from bone loss as well. The following are some of the most common causes of tooth loss:
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There are several reasons for getting this treatment. Most often, people will need a bridge to restore their smile so that they can laugh and talk confidently with others. Replacing missing teeth also restores your ability to speak clearly. Your teeth are essential for biting and chewing food properly, especially since digestion begins in your mouth.
When you lose teeth, you lose some of the support for your facial muscles in the cheeks and lips, which causes your facial features to collapse inward. Using a dental bridge to replace missing teeth helps maintain your facial shape and ensures that your facial muscles are properly supported.
Getting a dental bridge also helps protect your dental health. It ensures that the forces created when you bite or chew food are distributed properly, protecting your existing teeth from excessive wear and tear. When you lose teeth, the adjacent ones can easily drift out of position toward the empty gap. This problem can destabilize existing teeth, negatively affecting your bite. A dental bridge can help prevent unwanted tooth movements, maintain tooth stability, and protect your bite.
While this practice is very technically advanced, it does not quite have the “bells and whistles” of my previous practice in Maryland. Nevertheless, so far I am very impressed with the work of the hygienist and my first impression of the dentist. I’ll be able to add more after the bridge work is done. Based on my experience to date, I would highly recommend Stamford Dental Arts.
A bridge can be either fixed or removable. Fixed bridges are the most common, but they necessitate crowns on both sides. These crowns are hollow, and the bridge attachment is permanently cemented into the crowns by your dentist. The artificial teeth are implanted between the crowns. A removable bridge is called a denture and is anchored by metal clasps.
Maryland bonded bridges are primarily used to replace missing front teeth. Metal wings on these resin-bonded bridges attach to your existing teeth. Traditional fixed bridges are the most common and have a lifespan of up to 15 years or more. However, when attached to dental implants, a permanent bridge can last for more than 20 years.
Dental bridges can be made from a metal alloy, including precious metal alloys like gold polished to a high sheen. Sometimes the metal alloy is covered with lifelike porcelain on part or all of the dental bridge. These days, dental bridges are far more likely to be all-ceramic and are entirely metal-free. Modern ceramic materials are very strong and durable, making them ideal for large bridges, such as those replacing an entire arch of teeth. These all-ceramic materials are highly biocompatible and natural-looking, providing the best aesthetic outcome possible. While these are perfect for replacing front teeth, they can also be used to restore teeth in the back of the mouth.
Many people confuse bridges with implants because they both replace missing teeth. A bridge simply covers the gap between teeth with false teeth, whereas a single tooth dental implant requires your dentist to insert a hypoallergenic titanium post directly into your jawbone. The post is surrounded by an abutment, which allows your dentist to top it with a natural-looking crown.
When compared to bridges, implants have both advantages and disadvantages. The following are the most significant advantages:
The disadvantages of getting an implant instead of a bridge include:
Implants and bridges are sometimes used together. If several teeth in a row are missing or the existing teeth aren’t healthy enough to support the bridge, your dentist may use single tooth implants to anchor the bridge.
The procedure for a dental bridge usually involves at least two visits to the dentist. During your initial visit, the dentist will numb your mouth to prepare your teeth. The abutment teeth must be significantly reshaped to allow for the placement of a dental crown over them. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth after recontouring your teeth, which will be used by the dental lab to create a model of your mouth. They’ll also make a record of your tooth shade, which may be done with the help of a special shade-taking device or by taking images to send to their dental lab.
After receiving your dentist’s instructions, the dental lab fabricates your dental bridge using the model created from your dental impression. Your dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge to protect your reshaped teeth and gums while your permanent bridge is being manufactured.
Your dentist will remove your temporary bridge at your next appointment so that they can fit your new bridge, checking and adjusting it as necessary. Before your dentist attaches your new bridge to the abutment teeth and completes your treatment, you should be able to preview it in your mouth to make sure you like how it looks. Though it may take some time for your dental bridge to feel completely natural, it should seem like it’s been there for a long time after only a few days.
The cost of dental restoration is one of the most significant concerns for people considering it. As previously mentioned, dental bridges are available in a variety of styles, each with a tiered price point. Because every mouth is unique, your dentist must perform a thorough examination to provide an accurate quote. Your lifestyle and cosmetic goals must also be considered when deciding on a solution.
The majority of dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of bridges. Additionally, Stamford Dental Arts offers a variety of payment and financing options. Because leaving gaps in your mouth may lead to more extensive dental work, the cost of a bridge is often not a deterrent. The benefits of a bridge apply to both your health and your self-image.
If you think you may need a dental bridge and you live close to Stamford, contact Stamford Dental Arts and schedule your initial consultation. Your dentists, Ali Modiri, DDS, and Marjan Moghadam, DDS treat you right and take care of all your oral health needs.
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