Replacing missing teeth can prevent the deterioration of your oral health. Patients with missing teeth are more prone to developing bone recession, gum disease, and further tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth as soon after their loss as possible can allow patients more options for replacement.
Dr. Carter Perkins, a talented dentist in Dunnellon, FL, offers many options to replace those missing teeth, including a dental bridge. Dental bridge procedures are one of the dental services that Perkins Dentistry offers to patients. Dr. Perkins can use a bridge to replace a single missing tooth or multiple consecutive missing teeth.
With advances in dental technology, we can design a bridge to blend in seamlessly with surrounding natural teeth for a beautiful and stable smile. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and supported by an anchor on either side of the gap.
Traditional Bridge vs Implant Secured Bridge
A traditional dental bridge is made up of two dental crowns and the false teeth in the middle. The bridge is attached to two teeth (the anchor teeth), which are located on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth.
The middle part of the bridge is where the false teeth (the pontics) are located. Dr. Perkins prepares the adjacent teeth by removing a substantial amount of tooth material to make room to fit the bridge. This style of dental bridge is typically removable.
Dr. Perkins also offers implant supported dental bridges for patients who are missing multiple consecutive teeth. This is a dental bridge your dentist will secure to dental implants. The dentist will surgically insert the implants into the jaw bone.
Dental implant secured bridges do not compromise the structure of remaining healthy teeth. Teeth implants fuse naturally with jaw bone creating a stable and lasting bite. Dental implants help to prevent bone recession and create a more stable oral foundation, promoting long-term oral health.
What to Expect: Dental Bridges
Using the most modern dental technology, our Perkins dentist office is able to design, fit and fabricate well-fit dental bridges that look and function much like natural teeth. A dental bridge can improve the function, health, and appearance of the smile. With proper oral hygiene, a dental bridge can last for many years.
Using digital technology Dr. Perkins eliminates the need for messy impression trays. Dr. Perkins uses digital imaging and creates a 3-D model of your mouth. We will use these images to create a precise fit, comfortable dental bridge that will look like your natural teeth.
If implants are necessary, Dr. Perkins will coordinate your surgical implantation to ensure a seamless restoration. If we use adjacent teeth to anchor the bridge, Dr. Perkins will remove enamel from the teeth to make room for the bridge.
Our in-house dental lab technician will fabricate your custom-designed bridge. Our in-house lab technician allows for final touch-ups and helps to ensure better accuracy and improves customer satisfaction. Patients are able to make adjustments to the look and fit of their dental restoration without extended wait times.
Your dentist will fit and secure the final restoration to your implants or to the prepared teeth. Our dental care team will advise you on proper post treatment procedures for successful results.
Dental Bridge FAQs
What causes pain under a dental bridge?
Pain under a dental bridge can come from the bridge causing gum irritation, gum disease, an ill-fitting bridge, and tooth infections. The best way to find out what’s causing your pain is by visiting the dentist. An ill-fitting bridge can cause many unseen issues that become larger problems if not addressed in a timely manner.
Does a dental bridge feel natural?
Yes. A custom-made, modern dental bridge will fit seamlessly into your smile. You will need to allow a bit of time to get used to your new bridge after your initial placement. The restoration will feel natural after your gums get used to the bridge. Visit your dentist for adjustments if it’s causing pain.
What can’t you eat with a dental bridge?
You can eat normally with a fixed dental bridge. We recommend avoiding extra sticky foods that may pull on your bridge or that may be hard to remove. Also, avoid chewing on ice and very hard things because this can cause cracks and damage to your bridge, and natural teeth as well.