Dental bridges are used to “bridge” the gap in a patient’s smile. A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges, and our dentist will help you select one that is right for you. It is extremely important to replace missing teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. Over time, bone can suffer a significant loss, affecting neighboring teeth and challenging replacement options.
Dental Implants with Dental Bridges in Marrero
Bridgework is an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. There are several ways that a dental bridge can be utilized. A dental bridge is a highly effective, affordable, and long-lasting solution for missing teeth when used with dental implants.
An implant-secured dental bridge can use one or several dental implants to support the bridgework. The dental implant is placed by an oral surgeon under the direction of Doctors Maria Burmaster and Valerie Hemphill. The dental bridge will be designed by our dentists and made at a dental laboratory using materials best suited for your condition.
One of the primary benefits of an implant-secured dental bridge is that they are extremely long-lasting. In addition, because dental implants support the bridgework, there is no risk of damage or stress to the natural teeth.
Dental Bridge Treatment
An implant-supported partial denture or denture may be an excellent option for patients who are missing a significant number of their teeth or all of them.
For patients who choose an implant-supported bridge, our Barataria dental care team will coordinate the surgical phase of their treatment with an oral surgeon. Most patients will receive a temporary bridge while their implants heal and stabilize, integrating with the bone.
Patients who wish to receive a traditional removable bridge will have their adjacent teeth prepared
After the dental implants are placed or adjacent teeth are prepared, the patient will return to their Barataria dentist for follow-up. Once the implants have fully healed, our team will create a final custom-designed bridge for a comfortable fit and beautiful result.
A dental mold will be taken of the space to be fitted with a bridge. The mold is used to fabricate a securely fitted bridge. The dental bridge can be shaped and color-matched to blend with the patient’s natural smile. Once the bridge is fabricated at a dental lab, the patient returns to Barataria Dental to have their restoration secured to their implants or their adjacent teeth.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How long does it take for a dental bridge to settle?
If you get a dental bridge supported by implants, it feels natural almost immediately. But a traditional bridge takes some time to get used to. It takes around two weeks for the dental bridge to fully feel like part of your mouth and something familiar.
Can you eat normally with a dental bridge?
You get back 100% of your bite function with an implant-supported dental bridge. But there are some foods you should avoid with a traditional bridge. Avoid biting down directly with the bridge on things like sticky candy or other hard foods. These can dislodge the dental bridge or even break it.
How soon can I eat after getting my dental bridge?
Wait an hour after the bridge to eat anything. Let the cement fully harden and attach. Any sticky foods should be avoided for a bit longer, at least a few hours. Resume a normal oral healthcare routine. We’ll give you cleaning instructions to ensure you’re effectively taking care of your restoration.
Will my mouth be sore after getting a dental bridge?
Yes, it’s natural to expect some soreness and discomfort after getting a bridge. This should subside during the two-week adjustment period. If you continue to experience pain or the pain becomes more severe, contact us immediately.
How do I clean under my dental bridge?
An implant-supported bridge can be brushed like your natural teeth. But you want to ensure you’re cleaning all around it and no plaque or tartar is building up in certain areas. We highly recommend getting a Waterpik flosser to ensure you’re getting your mouth clean. The device shoots out water and makes it easier to clean around dental restorations.
Is a dental bridge the best choice for me?
A dental bridge is usually the ideal choice if you’re missing multiple consecutive teeth. We recommend implant-supported bridges whenever possible. We’ll evaluate thoroughly to determine if you’re eligible for dental implants. We consult with you to discuss goals, your health history, and your budget to make sure you’re getting the perfect restoration for your needs. Call our office or schedule an appointment online to get started.