Adam Vaghari, DDS
A dental bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between existing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth, called pontics, that are anchored on either side by dental crowns or dental implants. The bridge restores functionality, improves chewing ability, and enhances the appearance of the smile. Dental bridges are custom-made to match the natural teeth in color, shape, and size, providing a seamless and natural-looking result. They are a reliable and durable solution for filling the space left by missing teeth, helping individuals regain their confidence and oral functionality.
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A dental bridge can last for many years, with proper care. However, it is important to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to make sure that the bridge is in good condition.
You will need to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, and you should see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid chewing on hard foods or using your teeth as tools.
No, getting a dental bridge is generally not painful. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to numb the area, ensuring minimal discomfort. Some patients may experience mild sensitivity or soreness afterward, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. We will provide instructions for post-procedure care to help ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.
The dental bridge procedure typically takes two to three visits. The initial visit involves tooth preparation and impressions, while a temporary bridge is placed. The impressions are sent to a dental lab for bridge fabrication. During the final visit, the temporary bridge is removed, and the permanent bridge is fitted and bonded into place. The exact duration can vary depending on individual cases and the complexity of the procedure. Your dentist will provide a more accurate timeline based on your specific needs.
There are generally no specific dietary restrictions with a dental bridge. However, it is advisable to avoid excessively hard or sticky foods that may put excessive pressure on the bridge or cause it to dislodge. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, including cleaning around the dental bridge, to ensure its longevity and prevent any potential issues. Your dentist can provide personalized dietary recommendations based on your specific situation.
Some advantages of choosing a dental bridge over other tooth replacement options include:
The cost of a dental bridge can vary depending on factors such as the number of missing teeth, the materials used, the complexity of the case, and the geographic location. On average, a dental bridge can range from $500 to $1,200 per tooth. It is best to consult with a dentist for a personalized treatment plan and a more accurate cost estimate based on your specific situation.