The replacement of missing teeth is important to avoid more complex dental problems from developing due to shifting teeth, changes in gum tissue and bone loss. Dr. Raj Upadya offers dental bridges as a solution for missing teeth.
A dental bridge is used to bridge a gap between teeth to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and is made from a variety of tooth-like materials.
Dental Implants vs Dental Bridge
When compared to a dental bridge, a dental implant provides superior long term results. Dental implants are often the best solution for replacing teeth because they are the closest thing to a natural tooth. In fact, most people forget they have a dental implant.
While the initial concern of expense may be an issue, dental implants are an extremely conservative solution and present the least number of problems in the future. And while dental implant surgery may cause anxiety, the procedure is no more involved than the process of having a tooth pulled.
Dr. Upadya uses dental implants to replace a single tooth or several teeth depending on the individual case.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
There are several types of dental bridges. Dr. Upadya will help you make the best decision to improve comfort and create optimal long-term results.
Removable Dental Bridge
Typically, a removable dental bridge is reserved for short term solution. A removable bridge may be used to maintain tooth position while a patient is preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. While the cost may be lower initially, removable dental bridges do not offer good long term benefits and frequently require replacement or repair down the road.
Fixed Dental Bridge
In a fixed dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A drawback to this type of a dental bridge is that it places stress on the natural teeth. Particularly if the teeth are in good health, this type of dental bridge could put unneeded stress on the teeth can lead to premature wear or cavity formation.
Implant-Support Dental Bridge
A better option is to have a fixed dental bridge secured by dental implants instead of dental crowns. Dr. Upadya will recommend an implant-supported dental bridge if a patient is missing several consecutive teeth. Implants offer better long term benefits and do not affect neighboring teeth.
Additionally, dental implants promote continued bone growth, preventing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures.
If you choose to use dental implants, a treatment plan will be put in place after a thorough examination. The next step is the surgical placement of the implants which are actually tiny titanium posts that resemble a screw.
You will need at least three to six months of healing time before the dental bridge can be permanently placed. We offer dental implant services all under one roof to maintain our high standard of quality of care for our patients.
After a dental bridge patients must wait for the cement to dry and the bridge to settle. This can take up to one hour, so patients should wait at least this long before eating. Patients should also avoid sticky or chewy foods for a few hours, or until they’ve adjusted to the bridge.
Dental bridges on front teeth should last anywhere from five to seven years. Your bridge can last up to ten years with proper oral care and professional cleanings. Bridges on front teeth tend to have a shorter lifespan than other areas.