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Maine Dentistry provides dental bridges in Auburn, Gray, and Portland, Maine. Contact us today to learn more or to make an appointment.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are an option we offer that is meant to bridge a gap, usually created by the absence of one or more teeth, between two teeth. Typically, the presence of teeth in the area act as an anchoring point for a false tooth called a pontic – made of either gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of those materials – to be placed.
In cases where multiple teeth need to be replaced in a row, a dental implant-supported bridge may be used. Dental implants are placed on either side of the gap that the bridge can attach to. One benefit of an implant-supported bridge is that it won’t affect your healthy teeth in any way.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
You may choose to get a dental bridge for the following reasons:
- Eat and speak better. A dental bridge can improve your ability to eat and to speak more clearly than you would with a gap in your teeth.
- Affordable. A bridge is an affordable option for tooth replacement when compared to dental implants.
- Natural appearance. Dental bridges look natural when they are customized to match the color and shape of your existing teeth.
- Minimally invasive. Getting a traditional bridge does not require any surgical procedures.
- Replace multiple teeth at once. A bridge can replace a few teeth in a row all in one piece.
Are You a Good Candidate for Bridges?
To be a good candidate for a dental bridge, you may have one or more teeth in a row that need to be replaced. If the teeth are not in a row, you may require more than one bridge to replace your missing or damaged teeth. It helps to have a few healthy teeth to act as anchors for the bridge, but in case you don’t, dental implants can be placed to support your bridge instead. If you are missing the majority or all of your teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, you may be a better candidate for dentures.
Why Choose Maine Dentistry?
The quality of your dental bridge and the placement procedure determines how long it will last. Dr. Lawlor and the dental team at Maine Dentistry have the experience and skill to replace your teeth with a natural-looking bridge that will last. We will conduct a thorough evaluation first to determine whether or not a bridge is the best long-term option for your dental health. At Maine Dentistry we consider your overall health and wellness over time. We strive to make your experience comfortable and relaxing.
A pain-free, reliable solution for missing or gapped teeth.
Dental bridges correct a dental gap, usually created by the absence of one or more teeth, between two teeth. Correcting this issue can help make eating easier and assist in your speech.
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On average, a traditional dental bridge will last between 5 and 15 years. It may last even longer with good care and maintenance. An implant-supported bridge may last longer than a traditional bridge because it won’t affect your healthy teeth.
Dental bridges are typically made of porcelain, and often the porcelain is fused to metal for added support. Porcelain closely resembles tooth enamel for a natural look. The color and shape can be customized to blend in with your existing teeth.
The process for getting a bridge involves filing down the existing teeth to make room for the crowns to attach. During this process, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain. Any discomfort you experience following your procedure can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Partial dentures typically consist of an artificial material that looks like gum tissue that is formed around the artificial teeth. A bridge only consists of artificial teeth that sit against your natural gums. Partial dentures attach to the existing teeth with metal clasps and are removable. A dental bridge is permanent, only removable by your dentist.
Want to learn more about dental bridges? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.