If you’re missing one or a few teeth and have adequate jaw bone density, a dental bridge may be the perfect restorative option for you. Contact us at Bow Tie Dentist today to schedule a consultation with Palm Harbor dentist Dr. Saimon Ramos.
They restore the aesthetic of a patient’s smile, restore tooth function such as the ability to chew and speak clearly, and can even prevent bone loss with implant-supported bridges. By replacing missing teeth, you prevent consequences such as shifting teeth, changes in your bite, and changes to your facial structure such as premature facial sagging.
Before getting started with the bridge construction and placement process, you will first need to come in for a consultation with Dr. Ramos. He will examine your teeth and take x-rays to rule out active tooth decay and gum disease.
Any oral health problems that are detected need to be treated before receiving a dental bridge. X-rays can show if you have adequate jaw bone density and structure to support a dental bridge. If you don’t, we may recommend alternatives or bone grafting.
We will administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth before filing a small amount of tooth structure from the abutment teeth. Filing down the enamel allows us to fit the dental crowns on top of your natural teeth.
We will take digital impressions or physical molds of your teeth and send them to the dental lab that will create your dental bridge. It will take a few weeks for this bridge to be ready and you will receive a temporary bridge to wear in the meantime.
We will check how your dental bridge fits and take note if any adjustments need to be made. If the fit is good, we will secure it in place with dental cement.
Dental bridges last between 5-15 years depending on wear and tear and oral hygiene. To extend the longevity of your dental bridge, you should avoid eating excessively hard, chewy, or sticky foods. Do not smoke or consume staining foods and drinks. If you grind your teeth, you will need to wear a mouthguard when you sleep. Attend regular dental visits every 6 months. With proper care, your bridge should last for at least 10 years.