If you have a missing tooth, you know the impact it can have on your appearance, self-confidence, speech, and health. Dental bridges may be a noninvasive option for semipermanent replacement of a missing tooth. Dental bridges can also be a good option for restoration after decay or trauma to two or more adjacent teeth. To learn more about dental bridges, contact Dr. Jeffrey M. Navre in Westbury, New York, a compassionate dentist dedicated to restoring your comfort, health, and self-confidence. Call or book online today to schedule an appointment at the office of Dr. Navre today.
A bridge is a dental fixture that consists of two or more crowns attached and cemented together. Dental bridges are one solution for missing teeth; the crown over the space is simply anchored to teeth next to the missing the tooth.
Dental bridges are often more affordable than dental implants, making them a cost-effective solution for missing teeth. They’re permanent, which means you don’t have to remove them to eat or sleep, and they function much like your natural teeth in some ways.
However, dental bridges aren’t as natural in appearance as other options and they generally require replacement every 7–10 years. Additionally, healthy teeth may be ground down to create an anchor. Each patient should consider the pros and cons of bridges against other options before making a decision. In many cases, bridges are the most feasible option.
From the patient’s perspective, getting a dental bridge is little different than having a cavity filled. Because Dr. Navre numbs the treatment area before beginning work, the most challenging part is generally keeping your mouth open wide enough during the procedure. After Dr. Navre prepares your healthy teeth for the bridge, impressions are taken and you’ll be asked to return for a second appointment.
The permanent bridge is cemented to the healthy teeth at the second appointment. After the bridge is cemented, most patients experience soreness and sensitivity for a few weeks, primarily because the gum tissue must be pulled back and then replaced to create an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
If you have one or more missing teeth—and the adjacent teeth are healthy and strong—you might be a good candidate for a dental bridge.
Caring for your dental bridge isn’t much different than caring for your natural teeth. The most important steps you can take include: