Are you missing a tooth or two? Are your lost teeth affecting the way you speak or eat?
Dr. Jason Petkevis, offers dental bridges as a replacement option for missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges at Dental Distinction. Dr. Petkevis will help you make the best decision for your long-term goals and dental health with a thorough dental exam. We will only recommend the most effective treatments for your specific oral health needs.
Dental Bridges in Chester Springs, PA
Essentially, a dental bridge is a restoration where a series of dental crowns are connected together to fill in the gap a lost tooth has left behind. This restoration can effectively fill in the gap that a lost tooth has left behind. You can use a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth. It can either be removable, fixed, or supported with dental implants.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Removable Dental Bridge – Generally, a removable dental bridge is only suitable as a short-term solution. A removable bridge can help maintain the position of neighboring teeth while you wait to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. While the cost of a removable dental bridge is appealing, they do not offer the long-term benefits of a more permanent solution.
- Fixed Dental Bridge – Your dentist will connect a prosthetic tooth to two dental crowns that cover the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. It affects the two teeth that are next to the gap. Your dentist will need to prepare these teeth by filing them down to fit dental crowns over them.
- Dental Implant Supported Bridge – Another option is to have a fixed dental bridge secured by dental implants instead of dental crowns. Dental implants are self-supporting. They eliminate the need to degrade neighboring teeth like traditional fixed dental bridges.
Dental Bridge vs. Implant
There are many things to consider when comparing dental bridges vs. implants. While dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth, not everyone is a candidate. It is important that you have the adequate bone structure to support the dental implant. Depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, a dental implant may not be a good choice. After an initial exam and consultation, Dr. Petkevis can recommend the best option for you while considering your current overall health, budget, and more.
Another major difference between a dental bridge vs. implant is the cost. Dental implants require a more significant initial investment. However, dental implants are less likely to need future work or maintenance.
Dental Bridge Repairs
If you currently have a dental bridge that needs repair, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Depending on the circumstances, we may perform the dental bridge repair or offer a modern dental bridge replacement.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How many teeth can be in a bridge?
Traditional bridges can vary from 1-4 teeth depending on the size of the gap. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. These bridges must have teeth on either side of them.
Are dental bridges permanent?
A traditional dental bridge is fixed in place meaning only a dentist can remove it. However, there are removable bridges. If you want to be able to remove your bridge, make sure to choose a removable bridge. If you want to have a permanent bridge then choosing a fixed bridge is your best option. Most dentists recommend removable bridges as a temporary solution because they will not provide a lot of stability.
Does a dental bridge feel natural?
Your dental bridge should feel identical to your natural teeth. Most patients say that their bridge feels better than their natural teeth. They usually feel best when the bridge fixes damaged teeth or gaps between teeth.
When can I eat after I get a dental bridge?
You can eat soft foods and liquids after you recieve your dental bridge. After 24 hours, you can begin to eat more solid foods. Cutting these foods into smaller pieces will help you get accustomed to your new restoration.
What shouldn’t you eat with a dental bridge?
With a dental bridge, you should be able to eat normally. However, some foods put you at a higher risk. Gum, candy, and other sticky foods put you at a higher risk to experience complications with your bridges. Foods high in sugar, drinks such as coffee, soda, and wine are also more likely to cause problems as well.
Will I need a bone graft for a bridge?
You will not need a bone graft if you receive a traditional bridge. However, if you receive a dental implant-supported bridge and do not have enough jaw bone for implant surgery, we will recommend bone grafting.
Our Chester Springs dentist near you is your dental partner for the success of your long-term oral health. Give us a call today at 610.904.9274 or request an appointment online.