When you are facing the loss of one or more teeth, it can be difficult to navigate through your tooth replacement options and decide which one is the best for you. At Paxton Dental Care in Paxton, MA, Dr. Scott Siemen is here to help patients in the Paxton and Worcester, MA area make this important decision. Among the tooth replacement options, dental bridges are a common and practical way to replace one or up to several missing teeth in a row.
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What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are just like what they sound like – they “bridge” the gap by filling in the space left by one or multiple missing teeth. Bridges consist of two main parts:
- False teeth (called pontics) that replace the missing teeth
- A way to anchor the bridge in place; in most cases, crowns are placed on the adjacent teeth to secure the bridge (such as in a front teeth bridge), but in some cases, a different way of securing the bridge may be an option depending on the number of teeth lost and where they are located
Dental Bridges at Paxton Dental Care
What is a dental bridge?
This is Dr. Scott Siemen of Paxton Dental Care. Today I’ll be speaking about dental bridges.
A dental bridge is typically three continuous crowns linked together to replace a missing tooth.
If you or someone you know has one or more teeth missing, a dental bridge can be used to replace those missing teeth.
How are they placed?
Essentially, those missing teeth are connected to anchor teeth on either side of the empty space.
The neighboring teeth are prepared, in a very minimal way, to receive a dental bridge so that ultimately any missing teeth are replaced, and a person can return to chewing in a way they did before the teeth were removed.
What are the benefits?
The benefits are that a person who previously was missing one or more teeth can have their bite and their chewing return to a normal fashion, like before they were missing those teeth.
Bridge the gap with affordable and low-maintenance dental bridges.
What are dental bridges?
If you lose a tooth or require several extractions, your dentist may recommend the dental bridge procedure. This type of tooth replacement is called a bridge due to its design.
How does it work?
The teeth on each side of your gap provide support. The crowns and replacement teeth are fused together as a single piece. This single piece is bonded to the anchor teeth. In this way, the pontic or artificial tooth ‘bridges’ the gap between the teeth. The anchor teeth must be reduced to make room for the crowns.
What are the benefits?
- Restores the beauty of your smile
- Supports functional chewing and clear speech
- Prevents stress on surrounding teeth
- Maintains alignment as teeth tend to shift towards the empty space
- Bridges are affordable and low-maintenance. They can last for years with proper care.
Tooth loss has many devastating consequences. It affects your ability to chew and digest food properly. A smile is hard to miss! When you’re not happy with the appearance of your smile, it damages your self-confidence.
Contact your dentist and talk about replacing lost teeth with dental bridge treatment today.
Dental crowns and bridges explained
Crowns and bridges that help you to smile
What are dental crowns and tooth bridges?
A dental crown, sometimes known as a dental cap, is a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
How are crowns and bridges made?
Dental crowns and bridges can be made of a variety of different materials, including ceramics, porcelain, and metal, gold, or resin. A tooth must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. The dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. Using this impression, a dental lab then makes the crown or bridge in the material the dentist specifies. When the crown or bridge is ready, it is cemented over the prepared tooth or teeth.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
In most cases, dental crowns and bridges on the front teeth will last up to 15 years. However, some crowns have stayed for almost 30 years. Many patients will be pleased to find out that these can last a lifetime if cared for well. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also, see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
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Placing a dental bridge
Getting a dental bridge typically requires at least two visits. In the first visit, Dr. Siemen prepares your mouth for the bridge by shaping the teeth that will have crowns placed, taking impressions so that your bridge can be custom-fabricated, and a temporary bridge is placed so you can wear it until your permanent bridge is ready.
Once your permanent bridge is created, you will come into the office to have it checked and adjusted. Once you and Dr. Siemen are both happy with the way it looks and fits, he will cement it into place. In some cases, it will be temporarily cemented to enable your teeth and gums to adjust to the new bridge, and then it is permanently cemented in after the adjustment period is complete.
Schedule your consultation today
At Paxton Dental Care, we use high-quality materials in all our restorative dentistry procedures and spend the time to ensure that they not only look terrific, but also feel and function great too. To learn more about fixed dental bridges or other tooth restoration options, call us today at (508) 557-2400.