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.
Are You a Good Candidate 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.
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.
Dental Bridge vs Dental Implant
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 bridges need to be replaced every five to fifteen years, whereas dental implants are often permanent.
Is It Painful to Get a Dental Bridge?
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 Are Dental Bridges 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 Do Dental Bridges Last?
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. You can ensure that your dental bridge stays in top conditions by maintaining it with good oral hygiene routines.
How to Take Care of a 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.
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, New York office and call us at (585) 248-2383. We look forward to providing the personal care you deserve.