Missing teeth are often a source of embarrassment, especially if the space is visible when you smile. But there are functional, as well as cosmetic, issues with missing teeth. For example, missing teeth in the back of your mouth can lead to unintended but serious consequences. A dental bridge is a cost-effective substitute for one or more missing teeth, both for your physical appearance and your overall health. Talk to your restorative dental team at Stamford Dental Arts about getting a bridge. They’ll walk you through the process and explain the benefits. You may find the cost far less than the cost of doing nothing. Call today!
Just as the name implies, dental bridges span the gap that occurs when you lose a tooth or multiple teeth in the same area of your mouth. The bridge consists of artificial replacement teeth to fill in the open space between your permanent teeth. A bridge usually attaches to teeth that surround the gap on one or both sides, but it can attach to your natural teeth or to teeth that have been fortified with a crown.
Typically, your family dentist needs to place crowns on the supporting teeth to strengthen the anchors of your bridge. If crowns aren’t sufficient, he can use dental implants, which support the crown with embedded metal posts. Each situation of missing teeth needs to evaluated and treated individually by a dental professional with experience. If you need restorative dental work and live close to Stamford, CT, the dentists at Stamford Dental Arts are experts at furnishing patients with the best bridges available.
If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. According to the latest research, more than 175 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. And roughly 40 million have lost all their teeth. Even if your missing tooth is not cosmetically obvious, it can still cause severe oral health problems that can lead to more expensive procedures.
Just one missing tooth can cause your surrounding teeth to shift towards the open space. Teeth cleaning becomes more difficult and chewing is harder, as the shift makes your teeth line up incorrectly. Your jaw can eventually suffer from bone loss, too, as the tooth roots keep the bone regenerating. Common reasons for losing a tooth include:
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A bridge can either be fixed or removable. Fixed bridges are the most common, but they require you to get crowns on each side. These crowns are hollow, and your dentist permanently cements the bridge attachment into the crowns. The artificial teeth sit in between the crowns. A removable bridge is called a denture and is anchored by metal clasps.
Maryland bonded bridges are primarily used to replace missing front teeth. These resin-bonded bridges have metal wings that bond to your existing teeth. Traditional fixed bridges are the most common and can last up to 15 years or more. When attached to dental implants, however, you can expect a permanent bridge to last more than 20 years.
Since both replace missing teeth, many people confuse bridges with implants. While a bridge merely covers the open space between teeth with false teeth, a single tooth dental implant requires your dentist to insert a hypoallergenic titanium post directly into your jawbone. An abutment surrounds the post, so your dentist can cap it with a natural-looking crown.
Implants have both advantages and disadvantages vs. bridges. The most significant advantages include:
The disadvantages of getting an implant instead of a bridge include:
Sometimes implants and bridges are used together. If several teeth in a row are missing, or if the existing teeth aren’t healthy enough to hold the bridge in place, your dentist may use single tooth implants to anchor a bridge.
One of the most common concerns for people considering dental restoration is the price tag. As described above, dental bridges come in various styles, each with a tiered price point. Every mouth is unique, so your dentist needs to do a complete examination to generate an accurate quote. Your lifestyle and cosmetic goals also must be taken into consideration when deciding on a solution.
Most dental insurance plans cover a percentage of the cost of bridges. Additionally, Stamford Dental Arts has a wide array of payment and financing options available. Since leaving spaces in your mouth unfilled can lead to more extensive dental work, the price of a bridge often doesn’t stop you from proceeding. The benefits of a bridge apply both to your health and to your self-image.
If you think you may need a dental bridge and you live close to Stamford, contact Stamford Dental Arts and schedule your initial consultation. Your dental team treats you right and takes care of all your oral health needs.
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