Dental Bridge
Beverly Hills

A dental bridge is quite a common procedure for the missing tooth. Dental implants are, however, gaining more popularity over the years but dental bridges is a time-tested procedure. Dental bridges are an affordable solution for some people to replace the missing tooth. As the name suggests, the dental bridge bridges the gap between the teeth, which are missing. There is a variety of materials, which a dentist can recommend for dental bridges as these can be made of ceramics, porcelain, silver amalgam or even gold depending on the case of the patient. Technology and modern age have made it possible to give the appearance of natural teeth. It can boost the self-esteem of a person who had a missing tooth.


Benefits of Dental Bridge

Getting the dental bridge means, a person would be able to restore their smile. Losing a tooth can be quite traumatic for someone. However, replacement of the missing tooth can boost the self-esteem of a person. When there is a missing tooth in the mouth, it could be quite difficult for a person to chew the food properly and sometimes there could be a problem in speech. Replacing the missing tooth would assist in getting rid of these issues to some extent. Replacing the missing tooth with a bridge would assist in maintaining the shape of the face as well. It can affect the self-esteem of some people. It is important that an individual take care of their original teeth; however, due to unforeseen circumstances, negligence, poor hygiene, it is not possible to maintain the original teeth.

Missing teeth can disturb the bite of a person as well, it is important to fix the issue. Some people might ignore the missing tooth because of cost or any other reason but it is important to give priority to health in the first place. When teeth are missing in the mouth, there is a gap and thus, there are chances of other teeth drifting towards the missing teeth and thus, a dental bridge can assist in this regard. However, it is best to discuss the options with the dentist as they have the required expertise and knowledge to provide the best possible recommendation. Each individual is different and has different needs, it is important that they get the recommendation as per their condition.

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Who would be the most suitable candidate for the dental bridge?

An individual who is missing one to three consecutive teeth would be the ideal candidate for the dental bridge. Candidates with a large number of missing teeth would be suitable for the removable partial denture. It would be wise to discuss the options with the dentist, as he/she would be able to guide in a better way depending on the condition of the patient. The dentist would make sure that the gums are healthy. If the patient is going through a chronic disease, it would be best to let the dentist know in advance.

What are the different types of dental bridges?

The different types of the dental bridge include the traditional dental bridge, cantilever dental bridge, Maryland bridges, and implant-supported bridges. Ask your dentist, which bridge would be most suitable. It is important to ask questions to the dentist and it is in fact, an indication of a good dentist that they are providing answers to all the possible questions, which can be in the mind of the potential candidate. A dentist would be able to evaluate and provide a professional recommendation despite the fact, that there is tons of information available online. A dentist has the required expertise and knowledge and knows what is best for the patient. However, it is important to make sure that the dentist has positive reviews.

Is getting the traditional dental bridge painful?

Local anesthesia can assist the patient and it would be painless. However, if there is any kind of discomfort at any point it would be best to let your dentist know.

What is the process of getting the dental bridge?

The process for getting the dental bridge is as follows:

First Visit:
The very first visit requires preparation of the abutment teeth. Teeth recontouring make room for the crown, as there is the removal of a portion of tooth enamel. The crown has to be placed over it.
Getting Impressions of Teeth:
It would be important to get the teeth impressions, which would serve as a model for the procedure. The impressions would be made in the dental lab. The dentist would place a temporary bridge meanwhile, which is important to provide protection against the germs and bacteria.

Second Visit:
During the second visit to the dentist, he/she would take out the temporary bridge and would place the original one, which would be made of metal or porcelain. It would be necessary to achieve a proper fit at this point. At this point, it is important to keep in mind that there would be multiple visits to the dentist office to get the framework checked. It is very important that it is in the correct position. The bite of an individual should be perfect. So, if you feel any kind of discomfort at this point do let the dentist know about it. The dentist would make sure that it is a perfect fit. However, it is important to keep in mind that each individual is different and it would depend on every case. For some people it would take fewer visits to get the best fit; however, for others, there can be multiple visits. In any case, let the dentist know about your situation. In case of a fixed bridge, a dentist is likely to cement it, as doing so would provide a temporary fit to the bridge. However, after a few weeks, the bridge would be cemented in the place.

Why would a dentist recommend a dental bridge?

A dentist would provide the patient with different options including the dental bridge as well. Since implants can be quite costly, getting the dental bridge can be a wise solution for some people; however, it is important to keep the pros and cons in made before making any final decision. It is important to keep in mind that there would be a need to replace the bridge at some point.

What is the average lifespan of dental bridges?

There are different answers to this particular question by the dental authorities. It appears that generally, the average lifespan could be ten years; however, with proper care, hygiene, there is a possibility of a lasting lifetime. However, it is important to keep the pros and cons in mind.

What would be the cost of getting the dental bridge?

It would depend on the country and the location of the person. It would vary as per the condition and the case of an individual. It would be wise to get the cost estimation in advance. For some people, it is better to get an idea about the overall expense in advance especially when there is no insurance coverage available to them.

Would it be difficult to eat with a dental bridge?

In the beginning, it would be better to chew soft food, as you would get used to the idea of dental bridges. Make sure you are cutting the food into smaller pieces before chewing it. Ask the dentist for advice and recommendations. It would be wise to ask about any kind of concerns in advance, as it would provide ease of mind. There is tons of information available online and people usually do homework before making any final decision in favor of the dental bridges. However, it is wise to trust the dentist once you have put your complete faith in the dentist. Make sure you are finding the right clinic and the best dentist in the area, who has a good reputation. You can read reviews about the procedure, watch tutorials, read a testimonial, and comments from other potential clients. It would be wise to get an idea about the procedure from people as well who had been through a similar procedure. Ask them what made their life more comfortable and whether getting the dental bridge was a good decision for them or not.

Should you get a dental bridge or an implant?

Your dentist would be able to guide you with this answer and it would depend on your case and budget as well. Some people might not be able to afford the dental implants but would be looking for an urgent solution and would thus, get the dental bridges. The lifespan of implants is greater than dental bridges and it is important to keep in mind that at some point in future there would be a need to replace the dental bridge as well. Therefore, you can be the best judge in this regard.

How you should care for the dental bridges?

After getting the procedure, it is important to care for the dental bridges. The following points can be quite helpful:

  • Maintain oral care and invest in a good toothbrush and toothpaste. Ask the dentist and buy the toothpaste as per his/her recommendation.
  • Make sure you are going for regular professional cleaning. It is important to remember that cleanliness is important to maintain health.
  • Make sure there is fluoride in the toothpaste and it fights the cavities as well.
  • Floss regularly to get rid of stuck food between the teeth.
  • It is important to keep in mind that personal hygiene shows a lot about a person and if an individual is taking good care of the dental bridge there is no need to worry about the lifespan of ten years; however, it would be better to keep it in mind to avoid any issues.

How do you find the best dentist in the area?

Technological advancement has brought a variety of changes in the life of modern people. It is now possible to find the best dentists in the area by doing a simple search. A list would be available on the search engine along with the relevant reviews and comments, which are from the clients who have an idea about the clinic or dentist, as they had been their patient in the past. However, it is very important to make sure that the reviews are genuine.

Other Points to keep in Mind

It would be wise to keep the following points in mind:

  • Make sure you are financially and mentally prepared to get the dental bridges.
  • Find the best clinic and dentist in the area. Ask many questions and select them when you are satisfied with the answer otherwise, trust your gut feeling and move on.
  • Get an estimation of the total cost in advance, as it would give you an idea about the total spending.
  • Ask the dentist about the post-procedure rules and regulations and follow them wisely.
  • Ask the dentist for a follow-up checkup and let him/her know if there is any kind of discomfort before or after the procedure.
  • Ask for recommendations from the friends and family members. It would be wise to get their opinion on this matter. They can advise a good dentist or a clinic and would give tons of information with personal experience on the procedure. If that is not possible, use the power of social media. There are many Facebook groups, where you can ask people who have been through a similar procedure in past and you can get an idea of how successful it had been for them.

Nobody would like missing teeth, as it would affect their self-esteem as well. However, a good periodontist can act like a hero and can close the missing gap for you through the dental bridge. A false tooth can save your chewing and speech. Dr. Raanan can guide you with the procedure and can give you the relevant and required information. It is wise to discuss the concerns with your dentist to leave the clinic with the utmost level of satisfaction.


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