Dr. Trevor Williams of Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Brandon, FL works on a regular basis with patients who are seeking restorative treatment options for their smiles. Concerns such as missing teeth can happen if patients have experienced injury, infection, or large areas of decay. Replacing these teeth doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Instead, our team at Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry encourages patients to ask about solutions such as dental bridges.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are restorations fabricated from porcelain that use the adjacent teeth to create a false tooth in the space left behind. The bridge allows a tooth called a pontic to position itself above the gumline to look and function as the previous natural tooth did. A dental bridge is a wonderful way to replace several teeth in a row, including the front teeth, in an economical manner. The bridge is permanent, which makes it more desirable than a partial denture, while remaining affordable, making it a proper solution for some patients who might otherwise consider dental implants. This option is often covered in part by dental insurance plans, making it a smart choice for financially-savvy patients.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are:
- Easy to care for
A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that can last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.
What types of artificial teeth are available?
In addition to dental bridges, we offer partial dentures, full dentures, and dental implants for patient consideration. During an evaluation, we can determine the best solution for all our patients based on their unique dental needs. Some patients may want to undergo a certain type of restoration but may not be a good fit based on their current dental situation.
Find out if a dental bridge is right for you
During a consultation appointment with Dr. Trevor Williams, Brandon, FL area patients can learn more about dental bridges and decide if this type of restoration is the best solution for their unique needs. Call (813) 560-0447 today to request a visit at the office, conveniently located in Suite 211 at 510 Vonderburg Drive. Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is open to new patients and families in Brandon, FL and also communities of Valrico, Riverview, Lithia, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center, Plant City and Tampa who are considering comprehensive dental care for the whole household under one roof!
A dental restoration fabricated from porcelain that uses adjacent teeth to create a false tooth in the space left behind by a missing tooth. The bridge allows a tooth called a pontic to position itself above the gumline to look and function as the natural tooth did. A bridge is a wonderful and economical way to replace several teeth in a row, including the front teeth.
There are four main types: Traditional, Cantilever, Maryland, and Implant-supported. Traditional bridges have crowns on either side of the gap. A Cantilever bridge needs the support of a crown only on one side. A Maryland doesn’t need crowns as it’s held in place by a structure bonded to the adjacent teeth. An implant-supported bridge relies on implants instead of crowns.
It’s alright, though your teeth may feel slightly sensitive immediately following treatment. You must resume your normal oral hygiene routine post-treatment.
Don’t chew hard foods with your new bridges for at least 24 hours after getting them. Allow the cement to mature for at least a day, so it’s strong.
Ten or even 15 years if you take good care of them, paying proper attention to oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily, limit hard and sticky foods, and regularly visit the dentist. Checkups will ensure that your bridges are free of damage and other problems.