Dental bridges are an option we offer that is meant to bridge a gap, usually created by the absence of one or more teeth, between two teeth. Typically, the presence of teeth in the area act as an anchoring point for a false tooth called a pontic – made of either gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of those materials – to be placed. Missing teeth are not uncommon; in fact, the American Dental Association reports that adults between the ages of 20 and 64 years old have three decayed or missing teeth. The good news is that we offer several options for missing teeth replacement in the form of dental bridges.
Dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years – or even longer. With excellent hygiene and regular checkups, having a dental bridge last over 10 years is not uncommon. Additionally, dental bridges should help you eat and speak better than you did with missing teeth, though it may take some time to get accustomed to it. For eating, until you become used to it, you should try to eat soft foods that have been cut into smaller pieces.
Bridges are a restorative option for an individual who is missing one or more teeth. The absence of teeth results in gaps that can cause remaining teeth to shift into the empty spaces and change your bite. Other issues like gum disease and TMJ can result from areas with absent teeth that are left unattended. Bridges, like crowns, can be made from several different types of materials, including porcelain and can help with maintaining the shape of your face, distributing the force of your bite by substituting for your missing teeth, restoring your smile, reconstructing your ability to speak and chew properly and comfortably, and preventing the aforementioned shifting of teeth.
Dental bridges are anticipated to last from 5-15 years or longer, with the proper care. Excellent oral hygiene routines and regular check-ups help ensure that this will be the case. As your natural teeth serve as a foundation for the bridges through the placement of the abutment crowns, it’s incredibly important to take good care of them. The presence of crowns or dental bridges does not mean your teeth or the surrounding areas are protected from issues like decay or gum disease. An oral health routine involving brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day can help with the longevity of your porcelain bridges and the prevention of these problems.
Dr. Lawlor belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists and has been specifically trained in cosmetic dentistry. The American Dental Association does not issue special certifications or licenses indicating which dentists are cosmetic dentists and which are not. The dentist you go to for twice-yearly check-ups is probably not going to be the same dentist you go to for cosmetic enhancement. Unless you’re in the qualified hands of Dr. Lawlor!
We bill most dental insurances and accept credit cards or CareCredit as forms of payments. Unfortunately, we don’t accept MaineCare. Any questions? We’re here to help!
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