Are you missing one or more teeth? You may be a good candidate for dental bridges. This restorative treatment option restores multiple consecutive missing teeth and is secured to adjacent teeth or dental implants. But why should missing teeth be replaced in the first place, and what are the options for dental bridges?
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Not filling in the gaps left by missing teeth can result in multiple problems, such as:
- Tooth Decay
- Crooked Teeth
- Shifting Teeth
- Facial Sagging
- Speech Problems
- Difficulty Chewing
- Difficulty Biting
- Bone Loss
Replacing missing teeth can help ensure that these conditions don’t arise again. With the proper dental care and a restorative option like dental bridges patients can improve their oral health.
Treatment with Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can be removable or fixed, which can be secured with dental implants. Learn about their differences below:
Removable Dental Bridges
Removable dental bridges are a temporary fix for missing teeth. If you currently have a removable dental bridge and want a dental bridge that is secured with implants, we can work with you to create a treatment plan.
Fixed and Implant-Secured Dental Bridges
Fixed dental bridges are secured with adjacent natural teeth. Implant-secured dental bridges are a stable option that lasts longer than removable options. This treatment can help prevent further tooth loss and are more permanent than other solutions.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental bridges below:
Is the dental bridge procedure painful?
No, it is not painful because teeth are numbed with anesthesia during the procedure.
How do you care for a dental bridge?
A removable dental bridge should be removed and cleaned twice a day. When secured with dental implants, dental bridges can be maintained like regular natural teeth.
How long is the dental bridge procedure?
The dental bridge procedure usually takes an hour to an hour and a half over two office visits. For implant-secured bridges, implants are prepared for crowns in the first visit and the dental bridge is added during the second procedure.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you want to see if dental bridges are right for you? Call Dr. Greg Reece at 704.486.8911. The professionals at Dentistry of the Queen City are committed to providing high-quality care to patients of all ages.