Dental Bridges – Ormond Beach, FL
Restore Your Smile with Strong, Lasting Bridges
It may be surprising to hear, but close to 180 million people are missing at least one tooth in the United States alone. Just because you have one or more missing teeth does not mean you need to look like you’re in this statistic. In fact, with the help and expertise of Dr. Nawrocki and Dr. Dennis by your side, you can have confidence knowing that your tooth replacement is in good hands. Give Brown & Nawrocki Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry a call today and we’ll get you set up for a consultation!
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is essentially a series of crowns that have been fused together to create one larger restoration. Bridges attach to existing teeth sitting adjacent to the gap in your smile to effectively fill the space left behind after your tooth were lost (or extracted). The crowns on either end are hollowed out so they can properly sit on top of your teeth (which are slightly modified in order to act as anchors). If you are missing single or multiple missing teeth, you’re likely eligible to receive a dental bridge.
Types of Dental Bridges
You’ll want to speak with one of our dentists to determine which type of dental bridge can best suit your needs. For example, while many people opt for traditional bridges thanks to their affordability, others choose implant dentures because of their many long-term benefits. Read on to learn a bit more about their differences ahead of your consultation with our dentists.
Traditional Dental Bridge
Traditional bridges do not require any surgery or several months of healing to place. Once your teeth are modified and the impressions are collected, you can expect your tooth replacement to be fabricated and ready for placement in a matter of weeks. However, they don’t offer the same longevity as implant bridges. They do cost significantly less, though.
An implant bridge attaches to a pair of dental implants placed inside of the jawbone ahead of time. This requires oral surgery, which can take a couple of hours to complete and requires several days of aftercare. They will also need about four to six months to fuse with your jawbone before they can hold a bridge. However, they boast lifespans as long as 30 years and longer, feel more natural, and help you restore your biting force more effectively than traditional bridges.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
The longer you go without replacing teeth, the more oral health problems you’re likely to run into. For example, neighboring teeth will begin to shift out of place, making your bite uneven. Not only can this lead to misaligned teeth, but it can put disproportionate stress on your jaw joints and cause jaw pain and headaches.
Additionally, dental bridges make eating and digesting food easier, whether you choose to receive dental implants or not. You’ll also be able to speak more clearly and smile with confidence around friends, family, and coworkers.
There’s hope yet for your smile, so give our office a call to learn more about your options!
Dental Bridge FAQs
A dental bridge is a great option to restore the look and feel of your smile if you’re missing one or two teeth. With them, you’ll be able to enjoy your everyday oral habits like before. While they provide several benefits for your dental health, you might still wonder what you should expect from the treatment. For this reason, our team has collected and answered several of the most frequently asked questions we get from our patients about dental bridges in Ormond Beach. Feel free to read on or speak with our friendly staff today to learn more about the process!
How Many Teeth Can a Dental Bridge Replace?
Most dental bridges can replace anywhere between one to four consecutive missing teeth, depending on each patient’s needs. However, many of them are typically used to replace one or two pearly whites. This is because the restoration can become less stable the longer it extends along your gum line. Your chances of this may even be increased if the natural teeth supporting the bridge aren’t healthy or durable enough. If you think this might be an issue, then we may recommend getting implant bridges to reduce your risks, as they will be directly anchored to your jawbone.
Is Getting a Dental Bridge Painful?
Before preparing your teeth to secure a dental bridge, we’ll numb your mouth with a local anesthetic to keep you safe and comfortable. We might also offer sedation therapy to help you relax if you’re feeling anxious or nervous about your visit. After we’ve prepared and placed the dental bridge, you may feel mild sensitivity in the underlying teeth for the next several days. This can be easily managed by taking OTC pain relievers. But if any discomfort persists or worsens, be sure to give us a call right away.
Do Dental Bridges Feel Natural?
Once you receive your dental bridge, it may take some time to get used to feeling them in your mouth. However, within a few days afterward, it should feel increasingly natural. Bridges are designed to fit seamlessly with the rest of your smile and are constructed out of porcelain. This means they’ll be strong enough to handle the excessive pressure from chewing as with natural teeth. You should be able to eat and talk as comfortable as ever without worrying about them being noticeable!
Can Dental Bridges Get Cavities?
Although dental bridges cannot get cavities, the natural teeth underneath them will still be vulnerable. Food particles and debris can potentially get stuck beneath where the crowns meet the gums, which can allow harmful bacteria to grow and increase the risk of decay or gum infections. To prevent more serious complications, be sure to brush and floss your teeth as well as clean underneath your dental bridge daily.