In the EverSmile Dental establishment, we pride ourselves on delivering proficient and knowledgeable treatment in order to enhance the oral well-being and appearance of each and every patient. Irrespective of whether tooth loss has occurred due to severe decay, periodontal disease, physical injury, illness, or as a consequence of medical treatment side effects, we are dedicated to providing a wide array of services that encompass the complete restoration of smiles that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also fully functional.
Losing teeth not only leads to unsightly gaps in your smile, but also has numerous negative impacts on the overall health and functionality of your smile. Here are some ways in which missing teeth can affect you:
1. Restrict your ability to smile, speak, and chew confidently and effortlessly
2. Allow neighboring teeth to slowly shift and move into the vacant spaces, causing changes in the alignment of both your smile and bite
3. Result in teeth in the opposing arch to no longer align properly with their counterparts, leading to bite issues and further compromising your dental health
4. Increase the risk of cavities and gum disease as the shifting teeth disrupt the balance and distribution of biting and chewing forces, making them harder to clean and maintain.
The absence of teeth can have a detrimental impact on both your dental health and overall well-being. However, modern dentistry has made significant advancements, presenting effective solutions to restore a complete, appealing, and properly functioning smile. The advancement of dental materials, technology, and treatment techniques has made it simpler than ever to replace missing teeth and achieve results that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also long-lasting. It is important to acknowledge that every individual has unique dental needs and expectations of care, making each smile a distinct case. The process of assisting a patient in rebuilding their complete and beautiful smile may involve various options such as partial or full dentures, fixed dental bridges, or dental implants. Considering our expertise as proficient and experienced dental providers, the office of EverSmile Dental is dedicated to providing informed guidance to help you select the most suitable treatment option. Regardless of the tooth replacement method you choose, be assured that your smile will be visually appealing and provide a comfortable experience.
A dental bridge is a highly effective and stable solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike removable partial dentures that attach to the remaining teeth, a dental bridge relies on crowns that are attached to the adjacent teeth or strategically placed dental implants in the area where teeth are missing. Not only does a dental bridge restore the appearance, sensation, and function of a natural smile, but it also prevents the shifting of teeth, safeguarding the alignment of the patient’s bite.
The concept of using a fixed dental bridge to replace missing teeth is not a recent innovation. Ancient civilizations were remarkably resourceful in utilizing materials such as animal and human teeth, bones, gold, and ivory to fill the gaps in one’s smile. Fortunately, with the passage of time, dental technology and materials have advanced significantly. Nowadays, dental bridges are crafted using the finest dental materials, such as porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and engineered ceramics like zirconia. These modern bridges are not only stronger and more durable than ever before, but they also possess an enhanced aesthetic appeal, appearing remarkably beautiful and natural.
A dental bridge can be used to replace either one or multiple missing teeth, depending on factors such as the number of missing teeth and the overall health of the existing teeth. While various types of bridges are available, including traditional fixed bridges, implant-supported bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges, the first two are typically the most recommended options.
Traditional fixed bridge
In the realm of dentistry, a conventional fixed bridge necessitates the preparation and crowning of teeth on both sides of the empty area where teeth are missing. These crowned teeth serve as a foundation to uphold the artificial teeth, often referred to as “pontics,” creating a bridge-like structure across the gap. Similar to how a physical bridge relies on strong pillars at each end to span over water, a dental bridge obtains robustness and stability from the terminal crowned teeth fused to one or several pontics. While resembling a customary fixed bridge in many ways, a cantilever fixed bridge showcases a notable distinction. In this type, only one side of the artificial tooth attaches to a crown for support.
Bridges Supported by Implants
Dental implants are considered the most advanced and effective solution when it comes to replacing missing teeth. They closely replicate the appearance, sensation, and functionality of natural teeth, making them an ideal choice for restoring a natural smile. Among the various options available, an implant-supported bridge stands out as the optimal approach for dental care.
The remarkable advantage of an implant-supported bridge is that it eliminates the need for any preparation, crowning, or involvement of neighboring natural teeth. By mimicking the behavior of natural tooth roots, dental implants provide strong and sturdy support for the bridge. This means that the bridge is self-supporting and does not rely on adjacent teeth for its stability.
What sets implant-supported bridges apart is their versatility in rebuilding a complete and confident smile. Strategically placed dental implants can support multiple replacement teeth, ranging from a few missing teeth to an entire upper or lower set. This flexibility allows for a customized solution that addresses each patient’s unique dental needs.
In addition to their outstanding functionality, implant-supported bridges also offer important oral health benefits. Dental implants stimulate the surrounding jawbone just like natural tooth roots, preventing the bone from shrinking, which commonly occurs when teeth are lost. By maintaining the integrity of the jawbone, these bridges help preserve normal facial contours and prevent a sunken appearance.
At EverSmile Dental, we are dedicated to ensuring that every patient enjoys optimal oral health and the confidence of a beautiful smile. We take pride in providing skilled and experienced care, with a focus on advanced dental implant-based solutions. Our goal is to transform incomplete smiles into ones that not only look great but also function impeccably, allowing our patients to feel confident and inspired.
Achieving successful results in dental treatment relies on various factors, including a thorough evaluation of a patient’s oral health, overall well-being, desired smile aesthetics, lifestyle, and financial considerations. After a comprehensive assessment and consultation with our dental office, we will determine whether a traditional fixed bridge, an implant-supported bridge, or a removable denture is the most suitable option for you. We highly value your input as a patient and strive to meet your expectations of care.
Before proceeding with the fabrication and placement of a dental bridge, it is crucial to ensure that your mouth is free from gum disease. If gum disease is detected, it will be necessary to treat it before starting the bridge fabrication process. In the case of traditional fixed bridges, the supporting teeth must be strong and have adequate bone support. Occasionally, a bone grafting procedure might be necessary to enhance bone volume and establish a solid foundation for implant-supported or traditional bridges.
At EverSmile Dental, we prioritize the well-being and comfort of our patients above all else. Our objectives are centered around creating healthy and aesthetically pleasing smiles while ensuring every dental experience is positive and enjoyable.
Fixed bridges are typically created through a series of visits, involving various steps in the process. This includes preparing the supporting teeth, taking impressions, placing a temporary bridge, and finally the try-in and cementation of the permanent restoration. It all begins with a thorough diagnostic examination, aimed at developing an appropriate treatment plan. In the case of a traditional fixed bridge, the next step entails preparing the abutment teeth for full-coverage crowns. Depending on the number of teeth involved and other factors, an impression for the permanent bridge may be taken during this visit or the next one. In any case, temporary bridge or temporary crowns are placed to safeguard the prepared teeth. Following the preparation of the teeth, it is common to experience some sensitivity and gum soreness, which typically subsides over time. However, due to the temporary restoration being less precise than the final permanent crown or bridge, some residual sensitivity may persist until the treatment is completed.
Until the permanent crown or bridge is placed, it is important to handle with care. Temporary restorations are less resilient than permanent ones, so if they become damaged or come off, it is advised to keep them and contact our office to arrange an appointment for replacement. It is not recommended to try replacing them on your own. Prior to cementing the new bridge, the shade, contours, fit, and occlusion are thoroughly checked. Once this is done, the new permanent restoration is positioned. As you have been wearing a temporary restoration, you may notice a slight difference in your bite and may feel some pressure as the new restoration re-establishes proper contact with the neighboring teeth. If the bite still feels slightly off after a couple of days or if any discomfort persists, please get in touch with our office. It is possible that a minor adjustment may still be required.
Performing dental implant surgery is commonly considered a minor surgical procedure that takes place outside of a hospital setting. However, the extent of the surgery varies based on the number and type of dental implants, as well as the need for any additional procedures to prepare the supporting bone. As your trusted healthcare collaborator, we are committed to keeping you informed at every stage of the process. To ensure precise placement of dental implants for your implant-supported bridge, we will obtain detailed diagnostic records, including three-dimensional images of your jaws and the specific area involved. Patient well-being and comfort are our utmost priorities. We strive to ensure that each visit to our office is relaxing and stress-free by creating a supportive environment. Before placing the dental implants, we will thoroughly discuss anesthesia options, dental sedation choices, and provide comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative care instructions.
It typically takes several months for the dental implants in your bridge to fully integrate with the surrounding bone. In certain situations, a temporary bridge can be placed on the same day to offer immediate cosmetic improvement. Nonetheless, the permanent bridge is usually installed once the healing process and osseointegration (the fusion of implants with the surrounding bone) are complete.
Investing in a dental bridge to replace missing teeth not only improves the appearance of your smile but also enhances its health and functionality. Although dental insurance often covers the cost of a dental bridge, as well as contributes towards dental implants, the extent of coverage and benefits can vary significantly from one insurance plan to another. At EverSmile Dental, we understand the financial implications associated with dental care and strive to alleviate any additional stress or delays for our patients. Along with maximizing your dental benefits, we provide various payment options and financing plans. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any inquiries about the cost of care, dental insurance, financing options, or accepted forms of payment.
It’s critical to practice proper oral hygiene after receiving your new permanent crown or bridge. Your new restorations will last for many years if you take good care of them. Make sure to brush and floss as instructed. We’ll show you how to floss under your dental bridge to keep your new smile clean and bright. Remember to make appointments for your routine checkups and professional cleanings.
The standard response is that a bridge can last ten to fifteen years, and in many cases, much longer, with regular dental checkups and proper at-home care.