Do you have one or multiple missing teeth in a row? If so, then you know how this can make normal oral habits difficult to do, such as eating, speaking, and smiling comfortably. Fortunately, there are several tooth-replacement options out there that can help restore your bite. If you have one or more consecutively missing teeth, then a dental bridge may be the best solution for you. At EyeSmile Dentistry and Optometry of Belmont, our team can provide this durable and reliable treatment to effectively close the gaps in your smile. Read on or give us a call today to learn more about what to expect from a dental bridge in Belmont!
A dental bridge is a restoration that’s designed to replace one or several missing teeth in a row. Once placed, it shouldn’t be able to be removed by anyone except your dentist. The appliance is held in place via two dental crowns that are fitted atop the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. The prosthetic teeth (pontics) connecting the crowns will fill in the rest of the gap. Many dental bridges are constructed out of porcelain-fused-to-metal to provide a durable and lifelike solution.
Our team is happy to offer two kinds of dental bridges: traditional and implant-supported. Here’s what you can expect from each of these reliable tooth replacement options:
If you’re missing a single tooth or several teeth in a row, traditional dental bridges in Belmont can effectively fill the space in your smile. We will place a dental crown on either side of the gap and bridge them with pontics. Our team only uses the best quality materials for your restorations, so you can expect to enjoy an incredibly lifelike and long-lasting solution for your new pearly whites.
Unlike traditional ones, these bridges are secured to dental implants that are directly inserted into the jawbone. Not only will they replace your missing teeth, but they’ll also help preserve a stronger jawbone and more youthful facial shape. You’ll be able to enjoy a much sturdier bite, increased biting power, and the results can last several decades to a lifetime with proper care.
There are several advantages you can appreciate from a dental bridge in Belmont, including:
What is getting a dental bridge like? What do you need to know in order to take proper care of your new prosthesis? What can you expect in the long term? If there are any questions like these on your mind, all you need to do is let one of our team members know; we always enjoy the chance to help our patients gain a better understanding of our services! Below are some examples of common dental bridge questions we’ve received – along with our answers.
Usually, the lifespan of your dental bridge will fall somewhere in the range of 5 to 15 years. Some factors that could influence how long your dental bridge lasts include:
A dental bridge can potentially be used to replace up to four consecutive teeth. That being said, longer dental bridges tend to be less stable. As such, traditional dental bridges are typically used to replace one or two teeth at a time. If three or more teeth in a row are missing, you may benefit from getting dental implants for your bridge. Implant posts are quite sturdy and can help ensure that your prosthesis receives the support that it needs.
While you shouldn’t have trouble with most foods after having a dental bridge placed, it’s generally recommended that you avoid eating anything too sticky. Gummies, caramel, and similarly sticky treats may cause your bridge to become dislodged. Also, be careful not to consume too much sugar; the teeth supporting your bridge will still be susceptible to decay, so you should be wary of foods and beverages that can increase your risk for cavities.