Not Valid in cases of periodontal disease.
It doesn’t matter if the gap in your smile is a result of multiple missing teeth or just one; it can still hurt your confidence in your appearance and make chewing more difficult. Dr. Nawrocki has experience replacing teeth in a variety of ways, and in many cases, he might decide that a dental bridge is right for the job. This type of prosthetic provides a lifelike appearance and helps to restore the balance of your bite. Tired of living with your incomplete grin? Call today to learn more about dental bridges.
You’re likely familiar with the idea of a dental bridge already; dentists have been using them to replace teeth for a very long time. Each bridge has two main components: the dental crowns and the pontics. The crowns are what keep the bridge attached to either your natural teeth or dental implant posts. The pontics, meanwhile, are the free-standing teeth that fill in the space between the crowns. Modern dental bridges can blend in seamlessly with your natural smile thanks to the durable tooth-colored materials they’re made of.
Traditional bridges and implant bridges are both available at our office in Cocoa Beach. Different patients will benefit from different types of bridges. Dr. Nawrocki will need to look at your mouth, go over your medical history, and ask about any goals you might have before helping you make a decision.
Traditional bridges are supported by abutment teeth, which are the teeth immediately next to the gap left by a missing tooth. The abutment teeth will need to be adjusted slightly before they can be used to support a bridge. Once the bridge is in place, it will actively help prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of their correct alignment.
It may be possible to replace multiple missing teeth with a bridge attached to two dental implant posts that have bonded with your jawbone. Since dental implants act like tooth roots, they can stop the bone around them from breaking down; they will also provide additional chewing power and help your new teeth feel more natural.
What makes getting a dental bridge to replace your missing teeth worthwhile? Here are some of the benefits they provide:
Dental bridges are an incredibly useful method of tooth replacement for all kinds of patients, but when compared to dental implants and dentures, they aren’t talked about nearly as often. A lot of the time, patients come into this procedure with a lot of questions.
We believe that everyone should know as much about potential treatment options as possible, so here’s a quick FAQ with some useful information about dental bridges.
In general, dental bridges can be made out of any material that would be suitable for a dental crown. That means that they should balance durability and comfort with a lifelike appearance.
We typically use zirconia for our dental bridges—it’s strong enough to handle all kinds of stressors and blends in beautifully with the rest of the patient’s smile. This makes it well suited to replacing both front and back teeth.
The expected lifespan of a dental bridge varies greatly depending on a few factors. Some materials can be expected to outlast others, and the quality of maintenance is crucially important to their long-term success. It’s also worth noting that dental bridges in the front of the mouth tend to outlast those on the molars. This is because the back teeth are put under much more pressure on a day-to-day basis.
On average, you can expect a dental bridge you get from us to last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. If you want your dental bridge to succeed for as long as possible, you should try and keep up with your oral hygiene and avoid lifestyle choices—smoking, eating ice, nail biting, etc.—that could damage them.
Dental bridges aren’t confined to replacing just a single tooth. In fact, they are frequently used to fill the gaps left by anywhere from one to four teeth, provided that they were all right next to each other.
However, the longer your dental bridge, the less dependable it becomes. If you decide to replace any more than three or four teeth, you incur more risk. You also put more pressure on the natural teeth, which makes their health important to consider as well.
You could always consider implant bridges if you feel you need a little bit more stability, or if you think that your natural teeth can’t properly support the dental bridge.
Your gums and jaw will need time to heal after a tooth extraction. If a dental bridge is placed too soon, the swelling could cause it not to fit properly.
For that reason, we recommend waiting between eight and twelve weeks for the surgical area to heal before getting your dental bridges. Of course, this could happen faster or slower depending on your oral health.
If you are interested in implant bridges, you may be able to start this surgery immediately after the extraction, provided your jaw is healthy enough. We’d perform a thorough exam before the procedure to determine whether this is an option for you.