A dental bridge is a great way to replace missing teeth and help you feel more confident about your smile. At Dental Excellence of Parkesburg, Tejas Patel, DDS, has extensive experience with dental bridges, and he enjoys helping residents of Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, restore healthy bites and happy smiles. Book your visit today online or by phone to learn more.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental appliance that serves to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges, also called bridgework, is a durable and affordable restoration that can fill a gap in your smile and also enhance the health of your bite.
Dental bridges consist of one or more false teeth secured in place by a dental crown on each side. Once installed, bridges cannot be removed without a separate dental procedure.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you know the effect it can have on your daily life. You might feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile, and you may even find yourself avoiding smiling in an effort to hide your teeth.
Missing teeth can also change the dynamics of your bite. The adjacent teeth can begin to shift out of position, which can lead to additional tooth loss. Your teeth may not fit together properly when you bite and chew, which can not only limit the foods you can comfortably eat but can also place some of your teeth under excess pressure.
Many people choose dental crowns because they are an affordable way to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures also fill gaps in your smile, but they are not as securely anchored as a dental bridge and must be removed for cleaning.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option but are far more expensive than a bridge. Some people are not good candidates for implants because they lack the bone tissue needed to secure the post of the implant.
During your visit to Dental Excellence of Parkesburg, your practitioner performs a thorough dental exam before discussing your restoration options. You’ll learn how a bridge would fit into your smile, as well as what to expect in terms of pricing, timeline, and results.
If you need to have one or more teeth pulled in preparation for a dental bridge, you might need to go through a period of healing before your bridge can be installed. Allowing time for your gum tissue to fully heal helps ensure your bridge is shaped to fit securely against the surface of your gums without irritation or gaps.
When you’re ready to explore dental bridges in greater detail, the team at Dental Excellence of Parkesburg is here to help. Just call to set up your visit, or try the fast and easy online booking tool.