Dental Bridges Specialist Serving Mesquite, Greater Dallas TX
At Love 2 Smile Dental, we understand how important it is to receive safe, professional, and prompt dental care when and where you need it. Dr. Divya Nagaraj DDS and our team of experienced and knowledgeable dental specialist will ensure you get the dental service you need to safeguard your oral health. Contact us today for more information about our dental bridge services or book with us online to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We are located at 1050 N Bryan-Belt Line Rd Ste 102, Mesquite, TX 75149.
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A dental bridge may be recommended to you if you need to replace a missing tooth/teeth in the posterior or anterior of your mouth. Whether you’ve lost one or multiple teeth due to injury or infection, it’s vital that you seek immediate dental care to help close and/or fill any vacancies left behind as not doing so leaves you more prone to infection and having your remaining teeth shift over time.
A dental bridge refers to a fixed replacement for a missing tooth/teeth that is supported by the remaining healthy teeth on either side of the gap. This artificial replacement tooth is placed and bonded to the missing socket in addition to the surrounding teeth.
There are two primary varieties of bridges: (1) traditional and (2) resin bonded.
Traditional bridges require two healthy supporting teeth on either side of the gap, while resin-bonded bridges are held in place by a metal framework that is glued to the interior of the supporting teeth.
On average, traditional bridges last between 10-15 years while resin-bonded bridges typically last between 7-10 years. This may vary depending on how healthy the supporting teeth are, which is why your dentist will always perform a thorough clinical assessment to determine which type of bridge will work best for you.
If you’ve lost a tooth and leave the empty space untreated, nearby teeth can shift into gaps left behind. The result can be issued with your bite, difficulty chewing, pain, infections, and crooked and/or misaligned teeth.
Dental bridges may be recommended for those that have lost a tooth because of decay, disease, injury, or genetics. They are often the preferred alternative to a partial denture, as they don’t require a high level of day-to-day maintenance and don’t move.
A dental bridge can help to correct bite problems, alleviate issues with chewing, prevent teeth from shifting, improve your speech, and restore the shape of your face and smile.
However, to be considered for a dental bridge, you must have healthy teeth on either side of your gap as these remaining teeth are what provide the support for the bridge apparatus.
Depending on the type of bridge you receive, and how well you take care of your teeth via proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, you can expect your bridge to last anywhere from 7-15 years.
Traditional bridges typically last 10-15 years while resin-bonded bridges have a lifespan of between 7-10 years.
It’s important to talk to your dental specialist about how to properly look after your bridge and to adhere to any aftercare instructions they may provide you. This will help safeguard the structure and prolong its lifespan.
The answer to his question may vary, as it depends on how much time has passed since the tooth was extracted.
For example, if your tooth was extracted years ago can often be developed and inserted over the course of 2-4 weeks. However, if you’ve only recently had the extraction done, you may have to wait 5-6 months before receiving a bridge to ensure that your gums heal and stabilize properly. Your timeline will also vary depending on the complexity of your case, any coinciding medical conditions you have, and the recommendation of your oral specialist.
If you’re wondering if a bridge might be the appropriate option for you, or would like more information about our services, contact us at Love 2 Smile Dental. We would be happy to provide the insight and expertise you need to feel confident in your decision moving forward. Reach out to us when ready or schedule an appointment online at your earliest convenience. We are located at 1050 N Bryan-Belt Line Rd Ste 102, Mesquite, TX 75149. We serve patients from Mesquite TX, Dallas TX, Sunnyvale TX, Forney TX, Balch Springs TX, Garland TX, Rowlett TX, and surrounding areas.