Are you missing multiple teeth? Do you want to restore your bite? Try dental bridges in our Bladenboro, NC dental office at Bladenboro Family Dentistry. Dental bridges are dental restorations that are often used to replace consecutive missing teeth.
At Bladenboro Family Dentistry, Dr. French and Dr. Bald help patients restore the function and aesthetic of their smiles with bridges and other tooth restorations. Learn more about how you can revitalize your smile with dental bridges below.
Am I a Dental Bridge Candidate?
If you have one or more missing teeth but still have healthy natural teeth remaining, a bridge may be the solution for you. Before treatment, we will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. If you are receiving fixed dental bridges secured by dental implants, we will check to see if you have sufficient jawbone to support the implants.
Patients can still receive dental bridges even if they have gum disease or do not have enough jawbone. We just need to provide you with bone grafting or periodontal treatment before your bridge.
Dental Bridge Treatment at Bladenboro Family Dentistry
A dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns or dental implants. If you are receiving a traditional dental bridge, we will first prepare the teeth adjacent to your missing teeth. This is done so that we can cap them off with dental crowns.
Traditional bridges are supported by natural teeth capped off with dental crowns. Dental implants need to be inserted first if the bridge is supported by implants. Once the implants heal, the dental bridge is added.
It is normal for you to experience some sensitivity or swelling after treatment. You may also experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations. We can prescribe pain medication and recommend that you use ice packs to help the pain and swelling subside within a few days.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How long does it take for my dental bridge to feel normal?
Your dental restoration will feel different in your mouth for a while. It’s something your mouth has to get used to using as its new normal. In about two weeks, your bridge should feel normal in your mouth. Any sensitivity that came with the bridge procedure should dissipate by this time as well.
What should I avoid after getting a bridge?
For the first few weeks, avoid very hot or very cold foods. Your teeth are going to be sensitive to extreme temperatures. Avoid hard or crunchy foods as well, as these can cause discomfort. If you have an implant-supported bridge, just use caution. You have more freedom with what you eat, but don’t try too much too fast.
How long do dental bridges last?
An implant-supported bridge is designed to be a permanent solution. It should last for many years. A removable dental bridge should last at least ten years with proper oral care. Without following proper oral hygiene, your bridge may not last this long.
How do I clean under my dental bridge?
If you have a removable bridge, you simply take it out and clean it separately. You can brush and floss the rest of your teeth like you would normally. With fixed bridges, the dentist gives you options and teaches you how to clean under your bridge properly. A floss threader, water pick, or interdental brush are all good ways to clean under the bridge.
Is getting a dental bridge painful?
No, getting a dental bridge shouldn’t be painful. For an implant-supported bridge, you will experience some soreness and discomfort for a week or so after the implant posts have been placed. If we prepare your natural teeth to support the bridge, we use a local anesthetic so that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.
Am I a good candidate for a dental bridge?
We know that each patient is different and different restorations are better for different people. The dentist will do a complete evaluation to determine the best course of action for you. We take into consideration your budget, medical history, current oral health, and the results of a complete oral exam. The dentist makes sure you get the option that benefits you the most.
Can a tooth get infected under a bridge?
Unfortunately, even when protected by dental crowns, the natural teeth underneath remain at risk for cavities and other oral health problems. Tooth decay can occur due to food particles becoming trapped under an ill-fitting dental bridge.
Do dental bridges stain?
Bridges and dentures use porcelain artificial teeth, which can lose their whiteness by consuming dark or acidic foods or beverages. It is important to refrain from deeply colored food and drink and have your dentist clean your dentures and bridges regularly to avoid staining.
Call Our Dental Office Today
Do you want to restore the look and feel of your teeth? Contact our office at 910-469-4592 or schedule a consultation with our dental team on our website. Feel free to let our office or dental staff know if you have any further questions and they will be happy to assist you.