If you have lost one tooth or several consecutive teeth, our dental bridges can restore function, aesthetics, and oral health stability. A traditional dental bridge is a removable oral appliance that attaches to existing “anchor” teeth. The development of new techniques and the evolution of dental implants now enable patients to receive a permanent modern dental bridge. This restorative dental treatment can improve oral health in several ways.
Westborough, MA dentist, Dr. Patel works with patients who have lost teeth on an individual basis to restore their smiles with a dental bridge. For patients who we consider good candidates for implants, he typically recommends using them to enjoy the best possible result. Dental implants can replace the lost tooth root, stabilizing bone recession in the jaw and the natural structure of the lower facial area.
We will color match your custom made dental bridge to blend in naturally with your smile and overall appearance. With routine dental care and good oral hygiene, you can expect to enjoy your dental bridge for a lifetime.
Placing a Dental Bridge: What to Expect
The process for placing a dental bridge will vary. It mostly depends on whether or not you get dental implants to secure the new restoration. If you elect to get implants to anchor the bridge, we will coordinate the surgical part of the procedure with a local specialist. Once the specialist surgically places the posts, there is a healing period of several months before we can attach the dental bridge. We often provide a temporary bridge to keep function and aesthetics while you wait.
Traditional Dental Bridge
When we use existing teeth to anchor a dental bridge, we have to shave them down to support the dental crowns. We will prepare these abutment teeth for placing dental crowns during an initial visit. Then we take dental impressions and place a temporary bridge. You will wear this until your permanent restoration is ready. Once complete, we will secure the crowns to the new bridge, and attach it to your teeth.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Can your repair my dental bridge?
Repairs can be made to a dental bridge if the damage is minor and a fixed bridge does not need to be removed. If it becomes significantly damaged, it’s often necessary to replace the bridge and address any damage to the abutment teeth.
Can I use dental floss around a dental bridge?
Yes, it’s important to floss around a dental bridge to remove any food particles that can become lodged next to, or below the bridge. Our staff will demonstrate safe, effective flossing after placing your restoration.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
If you have a removable dental bridge, you should take it out and clean twice a day. If your bridge is secured with dental implants, then you clean like you do your natural teeth. Crowned teeth need the same routine care as your other teeth. Be sure to brush twice daily and floss around and under a fixed dental bridge every day. This greatly helps control the build-up of dental plaque. It is even more important for you to schedule routine cleanings with your dental office if you have a bridge. If you take good care of your dental bridge, it can last for a long time.