You may already know that missing teeth can impact your oral and your overall physical health. However, did you also know that this condition can also impact your mental health? Missing teeth can impact your self-esteem and make you lose your confidence- but tooth replacement solutions like dental bridges can help.

The team at Avery Dental Center in Dublin is here to help you with your oral and overall health with a variety of dental services. We work with a lot of patients who are missing one or more teeth. When a patient is missing several teeth in a row, they often choose a dental bridge. This allows the replacement of several teeth with a single dental appliance.

In this article, we’ll explain more about dental bridges, the different types, and how the procedure works.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a dental appliance designed to replace several missing teeth in a row, consisting of two crowns and one or more teeth between.

Who needs a dental bridge?

Your teeth rely on the opposing teeth to share the pressure of biting/chewing. When you are missing one or more teeth, the adjacent teeth will shift to fill in the gap. This can cause problems with chewing, pain, and change your appearance. A dental bridge can fill in the gaps. Another option to replace missing teeth is dental implants. Unfortunately, implants can get expensive, especially if you need several.

A dental bridge is typically recommended for patients who need crowns on the teeth next to the gap, don’t want implants, or are unable to get implants due to medical or financial reasons.

The dental team will work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge and, if so, which kind is best.

Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?

If you are missing one or more teeth and you are insecure about your smile, you have pain when eating, or have difficulty biting/chewing, a dental bridge may be the best option for you.

What are the different types of dental bridges?

There are four different types of dental bridges:

  • Conventional Bridge:

    requires that dental crowns be placed on adjacent teeth on both sides of the gap to support the crown.

  • Cantilever Bridge:

    only requires one tooth for support, not two

  • Maryland Bridge:

    this type of bridge is the ideal dental bridge for front teeth because it attaches to adjacent teeth with wings instead of dental crowns.

  • Implant-supported Bridge:

    requires placement of dental implants on either side of the gap to support the bridge instead of the natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

There are several benefits that come with dental bridges:

  • Restored chewing function
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Prevents adjacent teeth from shifting
  • Less expensive and extensive than replacing each tooth with a dental implant

What does a dental bridge procedure look like?

The process for getting a dental bridge varies depending on the type of bridge you are getting. Some take longer than others- but no matter what type of bridge you are getting, the dentist will either take digital impressions or create an impression of your mouth to send to the lab for the creation of your bridge.

If you are getting a traditional or cantilever bridge, the dentist will need to prepare the adjacent teeth for dental crowns. If you are getting an implant-supported bridge, the implants will need to be placed, which can be an extensive process. If you are getting a Maryland bridge, the dentist will need to place the attachments on the adjacent teeth.

Recovery and Post-procedure Care

You should refrain from eating for at least 30 minutes after the bridge is placed. If you had local anesthesia, it’s best to wait until the anesthesia wears off before eating to avoid injuring the inside of your mouth.

When you do eat, stick with soft foods for at least 24 hours. Some patients continue with a soft food diet for the 2 weeks it takes for a dental bridge to settle.

You can brush and floss as usual after eating and at bedtime- you will want to take extra precautions for the 2 weeks following the procedure to avoid causing any damage to the bridge.

How long does a dental bridge last?

Most dental bridges last an average of 5 to 15 years. However, it is possible to make it last longer with proper care and maintenance. This includes proper cleaning, good oral hygiene habits, and visiting the dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning.

How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?

The cost of a dental bridge ranges from $1,500 for a single-tooth Maryland Bridge and goes up to $15,000 for an implant-supported bridge with 3 to 4 teeth. The good news is that dental insurance often covers a portion of treatment. Our office staff will work with your provider to determine your coverage. We can also explain our financing options if you need help.

Schedule Your Dental Bridge Consultation Today In Dublin, OH

If you are missing several teeth in a row, schedule your dental bridge consultation with Avery Dental Center today. We are located at 6750 Avery Muirfield Dr, Suite B in Dublin, Ohio. You can schedule your appointment by visiting our website or by calling the office at  (614) 683 9557.

Dental Bridge FAQs

If you are missing one or more teeth, there are so many options for replacement, it can be overwhelming. The team at Avery Dental Center will be happy to help you understand your options, especially dental bridges. We can address your questions and concerns at any time. Below are some of the most common ones that we hear.
On average, it takes about 2 weeks for a dental bridge to settle. During this time, you may have some mild discomfort and swelling. If you are in extreme pain or it takes longer than 2 weeks, contact the dentist.
The method for cleaning your dental bridge depends on if it is removable or fixed. If it is fixed, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner or a non-abrasive toothpaste. Rinse with cool water and do not soak your dental bridge overnight, as it could cause the metal attachments to rust.
No, a dental bridge is simply a replacement for several missing teeth in a row. Once it has settled, you should not have any problems.
If your dental bridge is removable, it should be removed before going to bed for cleaning and to allow your gums to rest.
For most people, it’s easier to eat with a dental bridge than to eat with missing teeth- but you may find it helpful to stick to a soft food diet while you are getting used to your new dental bridge.
Yes, you can brush your teeth after getting a dental bridge. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be gentle around the teeth where the bridge is attached.
Yes, it is possible for teeth to decay under a dental bridge. Therefore, it is critical to make sure that you practice proper oral hygiene habits and visit the dentist every 6 months for a comprehensive exam and cleaning.
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