Fix Missing Teeth and Restore Your Confident Smile
At Dr. Del Kovacevic’s Greensburg, PA, dental office, we understand the significance of a healthy and complete set of teeth. Dental bridges are a tried-and-true solution for those who have lost one or more teeth, offering a seamless blend of aesthetics and functionality. Learn more and discover if you qualify for a custom tooth bridge.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are prosthetic dental devices used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth, known as pontics, anchored in place by adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges restore your smile’s aesthetics and enhance chewing and speaking functions.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several types of dental bridges to suit various dental needs:
- Traditional Dental Bridge: This common type uses pontics anchored by reshaped natural teeth on either side of the gap.
- Cantilever Bridge: When only one adjacent tooth is available for support, a cantilever bridge is ideal.
- Maryland Bridge: This bridge attaches a framework to the rear of adjacent teeth, eliminating the need for significant reshaping.
- Implant-Supported Bridge: Dental implants secure this type of bridge, offering exceptional durability and stability.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer numerous advantages, including:
- Smile Restoration: Bridges fill gaps, restoring your smile’s appearance.
- Improved Chewing: They enhance your ability to chew and enjoy a variety of foods.
- Maintaining Facial Structure: They help maintain the shape of your face.
- Dental Health: Bridges prevent neighboring teeth from shifting and potentially causing misalignment.
- Convenience: Unlike removable dentures, bridges are fixed in place, eliminating the need for removal and cleaning.
Candidacy for Dental Bridges
Candidacy for dental bridges is determined through a consultation with a dentist. Ideal candidates typically have:
- Missing teeth or gaps they wish to address.
- Healthy adjacent teeth or sufficient jawbone for implant-supported bridges.
- Good oral hygiene practices to maintain bridge longevity.
Contact our Greensburg, PA, office at (724) 836-2433 to schedule a dental bridge consultation with Dr. Kovacevic.
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Dr. Kovacevic will discuss the various types available to meet patients’ needs. He’ll also review your medical history and determine if dental bridges are ideal for your oral health needs.
If you opt for a traditional bridge, the next step involves preparing the abutment teeth. These are the adjacent natural teeth that will support the bridge. Dr. Kovacevic will carefully reduce the size of these teeth to accommodate the crowns placed over them.
Precise impressions of your teeth and the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth are taken. These impressions are the foundation for crafting a custom-made dental bridge that will fit your mouth perfectly.
There is a chance a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the prepared abutment teeth while the permanent bridge is being fabricated by a dental lab. This ensures your oral function is not compromised during the waiting period.
The impressions and treatment plan are sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians craft your custom dental bridge. This process can take a few weeks, during which you’ll wear the temporary bridge if applicable.
Final Bridge Placement
Once the custom bridge is ready, you return to your Greensburg dentist’s office for the final placement. The dentist will ensure the bridge fits properly, matches your natural teeth in color and shape, and functions correctly.
Aftercare for Dental Bridges
Maintaining your dental bridge’s longevity requires diligent care:
- Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to prevent gum disease and maintain oral health.
- Schedule Dental Check-Ups: Visit your dentist for routine check-ups and bridge inspections.
- Keep a Balanced Diet: Maintain a healthy diet to protect your remaining natural teeth.
- Avoid Harmful Habits: Refrain from chewing objects or using your teeth as tools.
By following these aftercare guidelines and seeking professional dental advice when needed, your dental bridge can provide lasting benefits for years.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Regain Your Complete Smile with Dr. Kovacevic
Our dedicated team is committed to providing top-tier dental bridges personalized to your unique needs. We believe everyone deserves a confident and complete smile, and our dental bridges are a testament to our commitment to your oral health and well-being.
Schedule a consultation by calling our Greensburg, PA, office at (724) 836-2433. We welcome patients from Fort Allen, Bovard, and South Greensburg, PA.