If you have gaps in your mouth from a tooth that is now missing, there are a few options besides dental implants that may work for you. A dental bridge may just be the option you have been looking for.
What is a dental bridge and how do you care for it?
Just as a literal viaduct is formed by connected pieces together, a dental bridge is formed by connecting your existing teeth with an artificial one to close any gaps you may have. Care for a dental bridge is the same as you would your natural teeth.
The type of pontic, or false tooth you get is determined by the space you have available. If there is just one spot to connect a typical procedure can be used where cement is applied to join the artificial insert. If there is more than one space a cantilever or Maryland process may be used.
No special care is needed for these inserts; however, you must practice good oral hygiene which involves brushing twice a day, flossing and keeping up with scheduled appointments with your dentist every six months. Following these steps for oral health will keep your dental treatment in good shape and maintain the health of your natural teeth in the process.
What to expect after the procedure?
You can expect to feel a bit numb until the anesthesia wears off which may take a few hours. Increased sensitivity near the affected area is common but this should wear off after a few weeks when enough time has passed for the area to heal.
How long will my dental bridge last?
These artificial implants can last up to fifteen years when it is supported by a routine of good oral hygiene such as cleaning twice a day, flossing and periodic visits to the dentist.
What is the average cost of this procedure?
The cost of doing this surgery varies based on the type that has been chosen for you. The most basic and most popular which involves a simple cement for a single gap can begin at a few thousand dollars. More advanced procedures tend to be more costly. It’s important to consult with your dentist and don’t forget to ask about financing options and specials.
How long will it take to complete?
It can take multiple visits to complete this process as a lot of preparation goes into ensuring your mouth is ready for the actual surgery. After preparations are complete the surgery itself can be done on a single day.
With proper prior planning, you and your specialist can safely and smoothly fill any gaps you may have in your smile and care for them well to ensure they last for many years to come.
There are various options available in restoring your smile so speak to your dentist and see if a dental bridge is the right option for you. Dr. Sedki at Sedki Dentistry Commerce MI has over 15 years’ experience in restoring and improving smiles. Offering the latest technology in dental treatments and cosmetic dentistry, a Free Dental Consult will help you decide which dental treatment is best for you. Dental implants, dental veneers, and dental crowns are other options to think about. Call today and schedule an appointment!