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Dental Bridges in Merrimack
Are you missing teeth? Are you embarrassed to flash your gapped smile? If so, a dental bridge may be the solution to your dental troubles. Bridges are used to replace missing teeth when one or more healthy natural teeth are still present in the jaw. Dr. Shetty and the team at Dental Designs of New England provide high-quality, natural-looking dental bridges in Merrimack. Learn more about the tooth replacement option today!
What is a Dental Bridge?
Also known as a partial denture, a bridge is a device that fills the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges are supported by dental implants (more on implant-retained bridges below).
Why do you need a bridge? Maintaining your dental health is the most important reason. Teeth function best when they work as a whole. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when one or more teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders. Your jaw joint, the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), may be especially affected by missing teeth.
And aside from your dental health, there’s also your appearance to consider after tooth loss. Gapped teeth affect your ability to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence. They may also cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. Prosthetic teeth support your lips and cheeks. A partial denture helps you maintain your youthful, full face shape for years after tooth loss.
Creating and Placing Your Bridge
The process for creating and placing your bridge will take multiple visits to your dentist’s office. We’ll take pictures, x-rays, and impressions of your oral structures to manufacture the denture that will look best with your existing natural teeth. Dr. Braga, our on-site periodontist, will create a model of your denture before it is created. You’ll try out the mockup multiple times to make sure it fits just like it should. When we’ve confirmed that everything is right with your bridge, it will be manufactured in a separate lab. You’ll come back to the office one last time for its final placement.
What Retains A Dental Bridge?
You have options when it comes to what will hold your dental bridge in place. By far the best choice is an implant-retained removable partial denture, but not all patients are good candidates for dental implants. Another option uses the surrounding teeth as anchors for the prosthetic teeth that fill in the gap between, or a fixed partial denture in Merrimack. A metal framework can also hold the denture in place.
Dental implant-retained tooth replacement promotes better oral health and provides the utmost stability for your bridge. Dr. Shetty and Dr. Braga, work together to place dental implants. To be a successful candidate for implant dentistry, patients need a sturdy jawbone and should enjoy good oral and overall health. Consult with Dr. Shetty to determine your eligibility for dental implants.
Get Started on Your Tooth Replacement Today!
You can benefit from a complete smile once again. Don’t put off seeking tooth replacement. Missing teeth cause jawbone degeneration and negatively affect your oral and overall health. Contact Dental Designs of New England and request an appointment to discuss your tooth replacement today!