Missing teeth do more than just affect your smile, they can also wear down your teeth. When you have spaces, the surrounding teeth could shift causing your dental structure to weaken. Having a dental bridge can help restore the integrity of your bite.
Dental bridges or pontics are cosmetic treatments made of two or more crowns and are designed to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Pontics are available in porcelain, alloy, gold, or a combination of these materials. Although pontics can be fixed on any tooth, dental bridges on your front teeth are the most common.
Our dentist will choose any of the three dental bridge types;
Dental bridges are semi-permanent and could last from five to 15 years with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
Dental implants and bridges are two different treatments addressing the same problem. However, dental bridges are ideal if you have more than one missing tooth. Plus, they don’t require surgery, it’s faster and affordable.
Dental implants are surgically fixed on your jawbone, but you need to have a strong bone to support the implant.
Depending on your dental condition, the dentist can give you both the implants and bridges.
Dental bridges offer great benefits;
On your first visit, the dentist will examine and assess your dental health. Next, they will prepare the crown and contour your teeth by removing a portion of enamel to create room for the supporting crowns. A dental impression will be taken to serve as a model and they will give you a temporary bridge to protect your teeth from sensitivity.
During your second appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the new one will be fitted. You may need multiple dental visits to check if the bridges fit properly.
The dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and make the procedure painless. However, as the anesthesia wears off, you will feel discomfort for several hours. You can use over-the-counter medications and ice to relieve pain and swelling.
Dental bridge recovery is fast and you will be able to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. However, if you have severe pain, you need to visit the dentist. It could be an indication that the bridge needs adjustment.
The cost of dental bridges will depend on the type used. The good news is we accept major insurance policies that can cater for a percentage of the cost. Come and let’s discuss the different financial options available to you and what insurance plans we accept.
It will take time to get used to the dental bridges, but as the teeth and tongue get accustomed, you will be able to speak and eat properly.
Immediately after the procedure, you need a soft diet and spice-free foods. Maintain proper nutrition to ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy.
Plus, make a point of visiting Dr. Eric Swensen and our dental team bi-annually for your dental checkup. This is the only way to enhance the durability of your dental bridges and prevent tooth decay.
Are you ready for a dental restoration? Contact our dental clinic for a dental consultation. We will be happy to guide you in choosing the best dental treatment.