Don’t Suffer From Missing Teeth Any Longer
Tooth loss can easily affect multiple aspects of your life, from no longer feeling confident to not being able to eat some of your favorite foods. At Warren Family Dentistry, our dental team doesn’t want anyone to live with the consequences of missing teeth. That’s why we’re proud to offer custom, high-quality dental bridges. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or an entire arch, Dr. Chirco can complete your smile once again with a bridge restoration.
Keep reading below to learn more about dental bridges and how they may benefit you and your oral health.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a custom-designed restorative treatment that bridges the gap left by one or more missing teeth. They’re made up of prosthetic teeth, also called pontics, that rely on the adjacent teeth on each side for support. Dr. Chirco will always customize your dental bridge to ensure it blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth for a beautiful smile.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are numerous benefits to receiving a dental bridge, including:
- Prevents jawbone deterioration
- Prevents your surrounding teeth from shifting
- Evenly distributes chewing force
- Customized uniquely for you
- Prevents opposing teeth from elongating to compensate for missing teeth
- Can be completed in just two appointments
- Restores your bite
- Enables you to speak with more clarity
When Patients Need a Dental Bridge
There are many restoration options to choose from. Depending on your oral health needs, dental bridges can be the perfect solution for restoring your smile. Some of the top reasons to choose a dental bridge include:
- Filling the empty spaces left by missing teeth
- Preventing natural teeth from shifting out of their proper alignment
- Maintaining facial shape
- Upgrading from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
- Restoring your chewing and speaking ability
The Dental Bridge Treatment Process
If you decide that a dental bridge is the best treatment option, the entire process can be completed in just two appointments to our Warren office. At your first visit, we’ll prepare your anchor teeth by reshaping them as needed so the porcelain crowns will fit perfectly. Dr. Chirco will also take impressions of your teeth so your restoration can be customized at the dental lab.
After two weeks, you’ll return to our Warren dental office so we can place your dental bridge. Before fastening the bridge over your prepared teeth, Dr. Chirco will check the size, shape, and color to ensure a perfect fit and a seamless blend. She’ll then cement it into place with a dental resin. Afterward, you’ll be ready to walk out of our office with the smile you’ve been waiting for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental bridges aren’t permanent, but with proper care, they can last up to 15 years. By following an at-home oral hygiene routine along with visiting our Warren dental office once every six months, you can increase the longevity of your dental bridge restoration.
Dr. Chirco recommends the following guidelines to increase the lifespan of your dental bridges:
- Avoid chewy or hard foods that may place strain on your restoration
- Use a fluoride toothpaste with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Refrain from consuming too many starchy or sugary foods, as these can cause decay
- Remember to floss between your teeth and gums
It’s very unlikely that a dental bridge would fall out. This is because they’re made up of durable materials and strategically placed to deliver ultimate comfort and security. While they may loosen over time, our Warren team can quickly tighten up your restoration during routine checkups.
If your dental bridge feels loose or has fallen out, please contact Dr. Chirco immediately so we can repair it as needed. In the meantime, do not attempt to fix or re-adhere the bridge yourself, as this can result in further damage.
Restore Your Smile at Warren Family Dentistry
No one wants to live their life with missing teeth. Luckily, you don’t have to. Let Dr. Chirco and the team at Warren Family Dentistry restore your smile with a custom dental bridge. Achieve a beautiful smile and pristine oral health once again. To schedule your appointment, call our Warren office at (586) 574-9500. You can also get in touch by filling out our convenient online contact form and we’ll get back to you shortly.