Dental Bridges in North Ridgeville
Missing teeth can be a serious problem. They can cause issues with speaking, problems eating, poor nutrition, and lower self-confidence. A missing tooth can also affect the surrounding teeth, causing them to shift towards the empty space. This can affect your bite, cause you pain, and lead to further damage to your smile. A fixed tooth bridge is a great way to not only restore your smile, but also prevent further damage and pain. Call our North Ridgeville office at (440) 327-9006 or contact us online to schedule your consultation to discover what a dental bridge can do for your smile today.
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What is a Dental Bridge:
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. False teeth are anchored to the two teeth on either side of the gap and create a naturally looking smile.
Dental bridges are highly durable and usually last five to ten years on average. Most bridges fail due to a breakdown in your regular oral hygiene habits of cleaning under the bridge. Many individuals can fail to take the time to thread floss under their bridge daily, so bridges usually fail quicker than crowns due to recurrent decay. If you’re dental bridge begins to fail, we offer options for dental bridge replacements.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are a variety of options for your tooth bridge that our dentist will discuss with you. Our team understands that each patient’s smile is unique and will be able to design a personalized treatment plant to help restore your smile. Here are the four types of bridges our dentists may recommend:
1) Traditional Dental Bridges
This type of fixed bridge involves placing one or more fake teeth on either side of existing teeth. The existing teeth will have their enamel removed in order to place a dental crown. The tooth bridges are then cemented onto the adjacent tooth with these crowns.
2) Cantilever Tooth Bridges
Cantilever dental bridges are very similar to traditional bridges, except that they are supported only by a single anchor on one side. These types of bridges are useful when there is only a single adjacent tooth next to the gap in your smile.
3) Maryland Tooth Bridges
Unlike traditional bridges, Maryland tooth bridges are not held in place by two adjacent crowns. Instead, the bridge is held in place by metal or porcelain framework bonded onto the back of two adjacent teeth.
4) Implant Supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported bridges offer a more secure feeling tooth bridge. These bridges are also useful when there are more than one missing teeth. There are two options for this type of bridge. Our dentist could recommend placing an implant for every missing tooth. Then, this series of implants would support the bridge. Our dentist could also recommend only placing two implants and then securing the bridge between two implant-supported crowns.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
There are multiple factors you should weigh when deciding on a dental bridge. The benefits of fixed dental bridges include:
- Restoring your smile
- Filling the space of missing teeth
- Restoring your ability to chew and speak normally
- Maintaining your facial shape
- Preventing your remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Center Ridge Makes Dental Bridges Easy
Our dentist, Dr. Arndt, and our team of dental professionals use cutting-edge technologies and techniques to make your experience not only easier, but also faster. For our tooth bridges we utilize digital scanners for the impressions, so that our patients no longer need molds taken. Gone are the days of having to deal with dental goo.
What to Expect from our Dental Bridge Process in North Ridgeville
Our process for apply tooth bridges usually requires two or more visits. On your first visit, our dentist will numb your anchoring teeth and then remove a portion of their enamel and apply a dental crown. We will then use our advanced digital scanners to create impression, which our dental laboratory can use to fabricate your dental bridge. A temporary bridge will be applied to as you wait for your next appointment.
During your second visit, your permanent bridge will be expertly adjusted and cemented to your two adjacent teeth. Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will then be permanently cemented at a later time.
After your tooth bridge has been permanent applied, our dentist will take the time to carefully review with you how to properly care for your new bridge so that it can last longer. These instructions will include brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, as well as flossing daily between natural teeth and under the bridge. You will also have to use special floss threaders (pliable plastic needles) that allow you to thread the floss under your bridge, so that you can dislodge the buildup of food and plaque that can cause tooth decay, which weakens the bridge (potentially to the point of failure). It will also be crucial that you have your teeth professionally cleaned regularly.
Dental Bridge Replacements in North Ridgeville
Occasionally, your dental bridge will need to be repaired or replaced. If the bridge becomes weakened and damaged, or if the surrounding teeth that anchor the bridge begin to decay, our dentist will most likely recommend a dental bridge replacement. Our dentist will evaluate the existing bridge and design a personalized treatment plan to repair or replace it. If you start to experience problems with an existing tooth bridge, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Arndt.
Ready to Improve Your Smile?
With over 30 years of experience serving the community of North Ridgeville, you can trust Center Ridge Dental Professionals to provide you the very best care. Our team of dental professionals are here to guide you through each step in the dental bridge process and restore your smile to its original beauty. Why continue to suffer from your missing tooth or teeth when you can have our dentist fix your smile? Call our office in North Ridgeville (440-327-9006) or contact us online to discover how dental bridges can repair your smile.
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