Restore Your Smile With Dental Bridges
Do you suffer from tooth imperfections and desire a more stunning smile? Our Willoughby Hills, OH dentist Dr. Phillip Wallace can help you replace missing teeth with dental bridges so you can achieve the smile of your dreams. Dr. Wallace is committed to helping all patients regain confidence in their smiles by offering high-quality restorative dentistry options for Ohio residents in Willoughby Hills, Lake County, Eastlake, Kirtland, Wickliffe, and the surrounding areas.
Read more about the different types of dental bridges, the benefits of bridges, and the procedure for getting a dental bridge.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic dental device used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are typically made of ceramic, porcelain, or metal and are anchored to the surrounding teeth, also known as abutment teeth, to provide stability and support.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges are the most common type of dental bridge and are made of porcelain fused with metal or ceramic. They are anchored to the abutment teeth and are ideal for replacing one or two missing teeth.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they are anchored to only one abutment tooth instead of two. They are typically used when there are no surrounding teeth on one side of the missing tooth.
Maryland bridges are made of porcelain or plastic and are anchored to the abutment teeth with metal wings. They are a more conservative option for replacing one or two missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Improved Appearance: Dental bridges restore the appearance of a missing tooth, giving patients a full and natural-looking smile.
- Improved Function: Bridges restore the ability to properly bite and chew, improving overall oral function.
- Prevent Teeth Shifting: Bridges prevent surrounding teeth from shifting into the space of the missing tooth, maintaining proper alignment and bite.
- Durable and Long-lasting: Bridges are typically made of strong, durable materials and are designed to last for many years with proper care.
The Dental Bridge Process
Getting a dental bridge typically requires two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, Dr. Wallace will prepare the abutment teeth by removing some of the enamel to make room for the bridge. Impressions of the teeth are then taken and sent to a dental lab for fabrication. In the meantime, we’ll place a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth until the permanent bridge is ready.
At the second visit, our Willoughby Hills dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent bridge. The bridge will then be adjusted for proper fit and bite. Patients should expect some sensitivity in the first few days after getting a dental bridge, but this should resolve quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental bridges are often covered by insurance, as they’re typically considered a necessary treatment. It’s best to contact your insurance provider to find out how much they are willing to cover. If your insurance doesn’t cover the costs to your liking, talk to your dentist about possible financing options.
Dental bridges can support one to four adjacent missing teeth. Patients who need more than four teeth replaced may benefit from a partial denture. During your consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine if dental bridges are best suited for your needs.
With proper care, dental bridges typically last between five and seven years. If you maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for biannual checkups, your bridge may last as long as 10 years. Be sure to follow any advice your dentist gives you for maintenance to get the most out of your dental bridge.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Wallace
If you’re missing one or more teeth, consider scheduling an appointment for dental bridges at our Willoughby Hills dental office. Bridges are a proven and effective solution for restoring your smile’s appearance, function, and stability. With the right proper care, bridges can last for many years and help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.
Don’t let missing teeth hold you back. Schedule a consultation by calling our dental practice at (440) 210-0999 to learn more about how dental bridges can improve your oral health and quality of life.