If you have several missing teeth, a dental bridge is an excellent way to restore your smile. Understandably, your head is probably filled with questions right now. How do they work, are they really worth it, and is getting a dental bridge painful?
In this short article, we will try to answer all these questions and more.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last on Teeth?
The lifespan of a dental bridge can vary depending on factors such as the materials used, your oral hygiene, diet, lifestyle habits, the location of the bridge, and the dentist's skills.
On average, a dental bridge can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bridges
Advantages of Dental Bridges:
- Dental bridges can help to restore the function of your mouth.
- The treatment process is faster when compared to some other tooth replacement options like implants.
- The entire process is usually less invasive than dental implants.
- Dental bridges prevent the adjacent teeth from drifting into the empty space.
The Disadvantages of Dental Bridges
- Traditional dental bridges require the dentist to file down the adjacent teeth to accommodate the crowns that support the bridge.
- While dental bridges can last for many years, they may not last as long as other options, such as implants.
- If not well-maintained, the teeth supporting the bridge can be at risk for decay and gum disease, which can jeopardize the bridge.
- Unlike dental implants, bridges do not provide any stimulation to the underlying bone. Over time, this can lead to bone loss in that area.
Is Getting a Dental Bridge Painful?
No, getting a dental bridge is usually not painful. That being said, some people may experience discomfort or sensitivity during or after the procedure.
It may take some time to get used to the feeling of the bridge in the mouth, and the bite might feel different until the bridge is adjusted perfectly.
If the discomfort persists, you should get in touch with your dentist.
How Many Teeth Are on a Bridge?
The number of teeth on a dental bridge can vary depending on the number of missing teeth you're trying to replace and the type of bridge used.
Can Bridges Be Done in One Day?
You will need at least two appointments to get a dental bridge. During the first appointment, the dentist prepares the adjacent teeth, takes an impression or scan of the area to be sent to the lab for the fabrication of the bridge, and places a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth. The second appointment is scheduled a couple of weeks later and involves removing the temporary bridge and cementing the permanent bridge in place.
Does a Dental Bridge Require Enamel Shaving?
Yes, the dentist will have to shave a bit of enamel to place the bridge. The teeth on either side of the gap need to be prepared to serve as support for the bridge. This preparation involves shaving down the enamel to create space for the bridge to fit properly and look natural.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?
To find out the answer to this question, you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tariq Jah. He can help you find the best treatment for your needs.
Get in touch with Evergreen Dental Co. to book your appointment.