In an ideal world, you would have a mouth full of perfect teeth for the rest of your life, but according to The American Dental Association, the average adult ages 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 can use to restore your smile including 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 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 pontics. 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.
Dental Bridge Candidates
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. During your initial consultation with Dr. DeStefano and our team at DeStefano Dentistry, we will let you know whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Bridges Vs. 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 which acts as your natural tooth. After your gums have healed around the implant, a crown will be placed over the top.
Dental Bridge Results
Just like with any sort of oral procedure, how long your dental bridge lasts for varies from patient to patient. On average, however, dental bridges typically last anywhere from five to 15 years.
Is the Dental Bridge Procedure 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.
Are Dental Bridges Expensive?
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 office and call us at (585) 248-2383. We look forward to providing the personal care you deserve.