Seamlessly Fill the Gaps In Your Smile
Are you one of the 178 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth? Tooth loss can occur for a wide variety of reasons, including everything from trauma, genetics, decay, and disease. Whatever the cause, missing teeth can have a tremendous negative impact on your quality of life! If you are missing one, two, or three consecutive teeth, our team here at Orbit Dental of Garland can seamlessly fill the gaps in your smile with a beautiful, custom-made dental bridge! Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.
Why Choose Orbit Dental of Garland For Dental Bridges?
- #1 High-Quality Materials for Lifelike, Durable Results
- #2 Team of Experienced Dentists Focused On Your Comfort
- #3 Dental Insurance Welcome & In-House Membership Plan Available
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges in Garland are one of the easiest and fastest ways to replace several missing teeth in a row. This custom-made restoration features a set of dental crowns with one to three replacement teeth between them. The dental crowns are affixed over the teeth that neighbor the gap in your mouth, effectively bridging the empty space. Our dental bridges are made of the highest quality materials and are custom-made to look just like your natural teeth, so the end result should be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
At Orbit Dental of Garland, we’re proud to offer two different types of dental bridges depending on your specific needs and preferences. We’ll go over each of these options in greater detail during your consultation to help you determine which option is best for you.
Traditional Dental Bridges
When comparing your two options, traditional dental bridges are most cost-effective, faster, and are less invasive. However, it should be noted that some enamel will need to be removed from the teeth that will be supporting either side of the dental bridge. They will last for about 10-15 years.
Alternatively, you can secure your dental bridge in place with dental implants. Instead of relying on your remaining healthy teeth for support, an implant bridge rests on top of two small titanium posts that are positioned in your jawbone. While this option requires more time and money initially, it offers longer-lasting and incredibly lifelike results.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
If you’re missing a tooth in the back of your mouth, you may be wondering if it’s worth replacing since no one can see it. If you’re missing a few visible teeth, you may only be concerned with improving your appearance. However, getting a dental bridge offers a variety of important benefits that you may not have considered, including:
- Preventing dental drift (teeth shifting into the open area), which in turn prevents crooked teeth and a misaligned bite.
- Improving your ability to eat comfortably and speak clearly once again.
- Providing support to your facial muscles, offering a more filled-out appearance
- Promoting better oral health by reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other common oral health issues
- Helping you regain the complete, confident smile you deserve
Dental Bridges FAQs
From an overview of the different types to the benefits of addressing tooth loss with dental bridges, reading through the above information can give you a tremendous amount of insight. If you still have a few questions on your mind, feel free to get in touch with our team! We’d be thrilled to answer any questions you have and address any concerns. Otherwise, you can read on as we respond to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental bridges in Garland.
How Many Teeth Can a Dental Bridge Replace?
Dental bridges can replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row. As a result, they are most ideal for patients who are missing between 1 and 4 teeth. If you are unsure if dental bridges are right for addressing your unique dental needs, then don’t hesitate to schedule a personal consultation with our Garland dentist – they’ll help you determine the answer.
Is a Partial Denture the Same as a Bridge?
In short, the answer is “no.” In fact, there are a few distinct differences. While dental bridges are designed to stay in place, partial dentures can be removed at any time. Furthermore, partial dentures can replace any number of missing teeth, while dental bridges are limited to replacing one tooth or several teeth in a single row. Lastly, dental bridges are anchored in place via dental crowns or dental implants, which surround the gap. Partial dentures utilize metal clasps or clips that discreetly attach to your natural teeth.
How Long Should a Dental Bridge Last?
Dental bridges typically last between 5 and 15 years. The longevity of yours largely rests on a few factors, like the materials that are used, the location of the dental bridge in your mouth, and how well you care for your smile. To elaborate, high-quality materials will naturally last longer than cheaper alternatives that are a short-term solution at best. The location matters as well, since dental bridges toward the back of your mouth withstand a lot more pressure from chewing. And, of course, your oral hygiene routine will impact the condition of your teeth, gums, and dental bridge.
Can Dental Bridges Get Cavities?
Since dental bridges are made from high-quality materials like porcelain, not enamel, they cannot develop cavities. Of course, your remaining teeth and the ones that support your dental bridge can. So, implementing a solid oral hygiene routine is as important as ever. Make sure to brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and get a dental cleaning every six months. You should also carefully and diligently clean underneath your dental bridge to keep your gums happy and healthy. If you ever need a refresher on how to clean your restoration properly, ask our dentist.
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