in Pittsford, NY
In an ideal world, you would have a mouth full of perfect teeth for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, according to The American Dental Association, the average adult aged 20 – 64 has about three or more missing teeth. And although that number may come as a big shock to most people, we have got some good news for you. There are a variety of different methods that we at DeStefano Dentistry in Pittsford, New York can use to restore your smile. One of the restorative services we offer is the placement of dental bridges.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Traditional dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth by using an artificial tooth or dental implants. With this procedure, a bridge will literally bridge the gap between either your natural teeth or implants. The bridge itself is made of two or more dental crowns for the teeth on either end of the gap. These end teeth are the abutment teeth and the false teeth that lay between them are fixed prosthetics. Unlike dentures, a permanent dental bridge will be cemented in place so that it doesn’t move or can’t be removed unless by a professional.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Missing one or more teeth can affect a person’s life in many ways. The benefits of getting a dental bridge include:
- Improving bite
- Maintaining facial appearance
- Restoring smile
- Improving chewing ability
- Restoring speech ability
- Keeping remaining teeth in place.
While getting a dental bridge is not for everyone, it does provide a great number of advantages. If you are in the Pittsford, New York area, schedule your consultation with Dr. DeStefano today.
Candidates for Dental Bridges
A good candidate for a dental bridge will have two healthy teeth, either implants or natural teeth, on either side of the area where there are missing teeth. Additionally, good candidates for this procedure have otherwise good oral health and don’t smoke. Ideal candidates for implant-supported bridges should have adequate jawbone density.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Thomas DeStefano and our team at DeStefano Dentistry, we will let you know whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure.
What are the different types of dental bridges?
There are three types of bridges:
- Traditional bridge — This is the bridge described at the top of the page, consisting of two crowned abutment teeth with a false tooth or teeth between them. These are the most common bridges. Dr. DeStefano uses porcelain for the crowns and the false tooth.
- Cantilever bridge — In cases where the missing tooth or teeth have adjacent teeth on only one side of the gap, a cantilever bridge is used. More like a balcony than a bridge, cantilever bridges crown two teeth on one side to use as anchors.
- Maryland Bridge — Sometimes called “resin-bonded bridges,” Maryland bridges are used on the front teeth. These bridges don’t use crowns as anchors. Instead, they attach bands to the back of the supporting teeth to anchor the resin that holds the false tooth or teeth in between.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for having a bridge placed?
There isn’t any preparation for these procedures with Dr. DeStefano.
How Is A Dental Bridge Placed?
Dental bridges are placed over the course of two appointments, just like crowns and implants often are. During the first appointment, Dr. DeStefano will shave the teeth adjacent to where the bridge will be placed. He will then take an impression of your current smile that he will use to make the bridge. A temporary bridge will be given to you during this first appointment. After two weeks, you will return for your second appointment where Dr. DeStefano will replace the temporary piece with the permanent dental bridge.
How long does a dental bridge procedure take?
It takes two appointments for Dr. DeStefano to place a bridge. As described above, the first appointment is used to prepare the two abutment teeth for their crowns and to take impressions to make the bridge. This usually takes about one hour, unless there are any more involved problems.
Your second appointment can take as little as 30 minutes. This depends on the fit of your bridge. Dr. DeStefano first places your custom bridge onto the abutment teeth. He checks both the fit and your bite, and he checks the color match with your adjacent teeth. When everything looks good, he permanently cements the bridge and you’re all done.
What are the advantages of a Dental Bridge?
Bridges provide an excellent option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Patients shouldn’t leave gaps in their teeth. Replacement options are bridges or implants. Dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants initially. Also, they can be placed over a period of just a couple of weeks. Dental implants are more expensive and require a staged process that takes six months or so.
Is there any recovery after having a Dental bridge placed?
After your first appointment where Dr. DeStefano prepares your two abutment teeth for their crowns, you may have some sensitivity on the two teeth because we have removed some of the protective enamel. While we’re waiting for your bridge to be fabricated, Dr. DeStefano places temporary crowns on the two teeth, but they can still be slightly sensitive to hot and cold in the interim. But that’s it. Placing the bridge in the second appointment is completely painless and there isn’t any recovery.
What kinds of food and drinks should I avoid after having a Dental bridge placed?
You can use your new bridge immediately after leaving our Kreag Road offices, but it’s wise for the first day to avoid chewing anything really tough with your new teeth. This is simply to ensure the cement fully hardens and cures.
After that first day, there aren’t any restrictions other than maybe common-sense choices. You can break a bridge, and you can pull off a bridge. So, you should consider at least not chewing overly hard or chewy foods on the teeth with your new bridge. That’s not a requirement, but just some advice to get the longest lifespan out of your prosthetic.
Dental Bridges Vs. Dental Implants
When it comes to restorative dentistry, you have several options which all come with their own benefits. Two popular options that often get mistaken for each other are bridges and implants. As previously mentioned, a dental bridge is a prosthesis that bridges the gap between either natural teeth or an implant. A dental implant, on the other hand, is a procedure in which Dr. DeStefano will surgically implant a post into your gum that acts like your natural tooth. After your gums have healed around the implant, a crown will be placed over the top. Dental bridges need to be replaced every five to fifteen years, whereas dental implants are often permanent.
is getting a dental bridge painful?
If pain is a factor that is preventing you from considering dental bridges, you have nothing to worry about. Before we start the procedure, we will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth so that you don’t feel a thing. If at any point during the procedure you feel anxious or uneasy, let Dr. DeStefano know and we will help you feel more comfortable.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Just like with any sort of oral procedure, how long your dental bridge lasts varies from patient to patient. On average, however, dental bridges typically last anywhere from five to 15 years. You can ensure that your dental bridge stays in top conditions by maintaining it with good oral hygiene routines.
What are the risks involved with getting a dental bridge?
These are very low-risk procedures. Dr. DeStefano doesn’t make any incisions, so there isn’t any chance of infection. When he shaves down your two abutment teeth to hold the crowns that anchor your bridge, we provide local numbing to ensure you stay comfortable. These are easy procedures that are very rewarding for our patients from Pittsford and the surrounding areas.
Caring For Your Dental Bridge
Patients should take care of their bridges just as they would normal teeth. Good oral hygiene routines should consist of brushing and flossing at least twice daily, as well as using mouthwash. Patients who have dental bridges should make sure they schedule their professional dental cleanings with DeStefano Dentistry to ensure their bridges are properly cared for and in good condition.
Cost Of Dental Bridges
One of the unique benefits of dental bridges compared to other restorative procedures is that they are a more affordable option. In fact, many dental insurances will cover the cost of your dental bridge so that you don’t have to pay a lot out of pocket. Speak with our office about financing options when you come in for your consultation.
Schedule a consultation
If you are looking for a restorative dental option and have been wanting to learn more about dental bridges, let us help you land on the right decision for you and your mouth. Schedule your oral consultation at our Pittsford, New York office and call us at (585) 248-2383. We look forward to providing the personal care you deserve.