Getting a dental bridge sooner than later is one restorative solution to replacing missing teeth and preventing unwanted oral damage. Dental bridges are easy to care for and are cost effective. Learn more about dental bridges and dental implants to determine why a dental bridge may be the best choice for you.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth made from resin or porcelain that will replace the missing teeth. Also referred to as fillers, false teeth, prosthetics, or fixed partial dentures, artificial teeth in the bridge are connected to crowns that anchor or attach to the next available natural or implanted teeth on either side. The crown may cover two or more teeth to properly secure the bridge holding the artificial teeth in place. The teeth that are covered by the crowns are referred to as abutment teeth.
What to Expect When Getting A Dental Bridge
Once you and your dentist decide that a dental bridge is the right solution for you, your dentist will need to prepare the anchor or abutment teeth which may take 1 to 2 hours to complete depending on your oral situation.
This process is usually done under local anesthesia; and though you may feel some discomfort, the procedure is typically not considered to be painful. A second appointment is required to set the bridge and a third follow-up exam is needed to check the bridge to ensure proper placement and comfort.
At first, your new dental bridge may feel bulky and awkward. Allow some time to get used to your new prosthetics. If you are experiencing any discomfort or pain, reach out to your dentist’s office and schedule a follow-up appointment. Communicate to your dentist specifically where the bridge causes sore or sensitive areas so adjustments can be made.
How To Clean and Care For Your Dental Bridge
Regular oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day for two minutes, as recommended by the American Dental Association, is the baseline for caring for your dental bridge. Use a soft bristle toothbrush as to not scratch or damage your artificial tooth. Visits to your dentist, twice a year for routine cleanings and check-up are also suggested.
Furthermore, flossing regularly to prevent gum disease and tooth decay is on the checklist for caring for your dental bridge. When flossing with a bridge, first floss around on both sides of the natural tooth that connects to the bridge. Then move the floss between the base of the bridge and gum. Using a gentle back and forth motion, floss as necessary to remove plaque and debris from under the artificial tooth in the bridge. While regular floss may suffice, special floss for dental bridges and implants is available over the counter at many grocery stores or pharmacies.
Using a waterpik can further help clean the teeth and gums. Clinically proven to remove plaque and reduce gingivitis, waterpiks can be very helpful for someone with dental work such as a dental bridge. Waterpiks are suggested to be utilized prior to brushing your teeth and in the evening before you go to bed.
How Long Will A Dental Bridge Last
Some dental bridges may only last 5 to 10 years, but if properly cared for a quality dental bridge can last for decades. Once you have a dental bridge avoid chewing gum and extremely hard foods such as some nuts. You can prevent unnecessary damage to your dental bridge by also avoiding chewing on ice and hard candies and such. If your dental bridge is ever damaged, never attempt to adjust or repair it yourself. Proper oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist can help keep your oral investment comfortable, clean, and intact for years to come.
Cost of a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are significantly less expensive than dental implants and are more likely to be covered by dental insurance. Dental implant may cost $1000 to $3,000 per tooth while the alternative solution of a dental bridge may cost somewhere between $500 to $1,200 per tooth. Trained dentists can access your teeth issues and can help guide you to what best suits your particular needs.
Schedule a Dental Bridge Consultation
Consult a dentist if you are considering getting a dental bridge or need to replace your current dental bridge. They can discuss the various options available for your particular oral health needs. Call the friendly staff at Dr. David Evan’s office to schedule an appointment.