Are you missing teeth? Are you embarrassed to flash your gapped smile? If so, a 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 this tooth replacement option below!
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).
What is the benefit of a bridge? Primarily, it helps maintain a patient’s dental health. 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. Missing 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. A partial denture helps you maintain your youthful, full face shape for years after tooth loss.
The process of creating and placing a 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 restoration that will look best with your existing natural teeth. Dr. Braga, our on-site periodontist, will make a model of your bridge 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 placement.
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. A metal framework can also hold the denture in place.
Dental implant-retained tooth replacements promote better oral health and provide the utmost stability for a bridge. Dr. Shetty and Dr. Braga work together to place dental implants. To be a successful candidate for implants, patients need a sturdy jawbone and should enjoy good oral and overall health. You can consult with Dr. Shetty to determine your eligibility for dental implants.
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!