We get a lot of questions about dental bridges at Westside Dental Center in Plantation, FL. We’ve compiled a list of the seven questions we get asked most frequently and the answers to those questions. If you have follow-up questions, feel free to contact our office.
7 FAQs About Dental Bridges
1. What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restorative solution for patients missing one or more teeth in a row. The bridge fills the gap with artificial teeth to restore functionality to a patient’s smile.
Traditional dental bridges are composed of two crowns, with one or more artificial teeth in between. The crowns are permanently attached to the two teeth on either side of the gap. The artificial teeth then fill that gap, replacing the missing teeth.
3. How Much Does This Restorative Treatment Cost?
The cost of dental bridges varies from patient to patient. Factors that might affect the cost of this restoration include the number of teeth missing, the material used for the bridge, and whether the treatment is combined with any other procedures. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Uttma Dham can give you an accurate estimate as to the cost of your treatment.
4. How Long Can I Expect My Dental Bridge to Last?
Dental bridges are considered a permanent restoration and can last several decades with proper care. That said, they are still vulnerable to damage like your natural teeth. In the event that your bridge becomes damaged, Dr. Dham may recommend replacing the restoration. Damaged restorations can cause complications such as a misaligned bite and pain, and could increase your risk for decay or gum disease.
5. What are the Benefits of This Treatment?
Dental bridges offer many benefits for patients with gaps in their smiles. A bridge fills that gap, improving the overall aesthetics of the smile. Numerous tooth-colored options are available, so patients can feel confident their bridge will blend right in with the rest of their teeth. Bridges also have functional benefits. After tooth loss, patients have a greater risk of their surrounding teeth shifting out of place. A bridge maintains that space, preventing movement of the other teeth. Additionally, a gapless smile can ease the jaw pain that patients often experience when the bite becomes misaligned.
6. Will it Affect How I Eat or Speak?
While your dental bridge should never feel painful, it may be more noticeable for the first few days. The restoration only has positive effects on your ability to eat or speak, though. Gaps in your smile can force you to chew on one side, creating misalignment in the jaw. You may also find it difficult to eat some of your favorite foods, depending on which teeth are missing. Many patients notice immediate improvements in their ability to eat after getting a dental bridge. These restorations can also reduce some of the more common speech impediments associated with gaps, such as a lisp.
7. How Should I Care for My Dental Bridge?
To ensure your dental bridge lasts as long as possible, you should adopt an oral hygiene routine that ensures your brush twice each day and floss once per day. You should also make—and keep—regular dental exams and cleanings. During these appointments, Dr. Dham can ensure your bridge is not damaged and will check the crowned teeth for signs of decay. As with your natural teeth, you should avoid nail biting, chewing on pens, or eating ice, as these hard objects can damage your bridge.
Contact Your Plantation Cosmetic Dentist
If you want a stronger, more beautiful smile free of gaps, contact Westside Dental Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dham.