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Dental Bridges Sudbury, MA

Dental BridgeAn Overview

Do you have missing teeth that are preventing you from eating without restrictions? Do lost teeth prevent you from smiling in public?

Dr. Gauthier helps patients choose the appropriate option for replacing their missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring health and aesthetics to your smile after tooth loss. A dental bridge is just one type of prosthetic used to replace missing teeth. It can replace a single missing tooth or may be designed to replace several consecutive missing teeth. A dental bridge is traditionally secured in place using the two adjacent teeth as stabilizing anchors. Dental bridges are custom designed to match the color and overall appearance of your natural teeth.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

dental implant supported bridge at Sudbury Massachusetts dentist office

A dental bridge can be secured using dental implants. Implants improve the function of the bite and help protect the overall oral health of your smile. Implant-supported dental bridges are less likely to slip out of place. Since implants are surgically placed, they help support bone and gum health too! Dental implants help stimulate natural bone growth and prevent further regression of the jawline. This prosthetic also has the advantage of avoiding the removal of healthy tooth structure; a necessary part of the traditional bridge procedure.

If you already wear a dental bridge, ask Dr. Gauthier about the possibility of receiving dental implants to secure your bridge. For qualifying patients, dental implants can improve both the natural appearance of the smile, and the health of the gums and jaw bone. If your bridge has become discolored or uncomfortable, we can replace it with a modern one.

Dental Bridge What to Expect

If you have missing teeth Dr. Gauthier can help you determine the best solution for your unique dental needs. A thorough oral health exam, bite analysis and medical history review will help Dr. Gauthier determine the best treatment plan for replacing your missing teeth. We are equipped with modern dental technology. This allows us to provide the most accurate diagnosis, and recommend the most appropriate treatments. Your dental concerns are treated as if they were our own dental issues.

A traditional dental bridge is commonly recommended for patients seeking an economical option for tooth replacement. They are made from high-quality dental ceramic and is custom-designed to enhance your natural smile. The dental bridge will be fabricated to fit snugly and comfortably into your bite.

For a traditional dental bridge, the two adjacent teeth will be shaved down. The removal of some of the tooth structure is necessary to make room for the prosthetic. The bride will be designed to fit securely using the prepared teeth as anchors.

If implants are being used, Dr. Gauthier may place the implant in our office or will coordinate the surgical phase of your treatment with a local oral surgeon if considered necessary. Implants will be surgically placed and left to heal. Implants take 3-6 months to fully integrate with the jaw bone, forming a secure bond. During the healing process, most patients will be fitted with a temporary restoration. Once healed, the final prosthetic will be secured to the implants.

Dental Bridge FAQs

How do you care for a dental bridge?

It is fairly simple to care for a bridge. They require the same amount of care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush it and floss daily. Our helpful staff will teach you how to floss underneath it for proper care. Also be sure to never skip a regular checkup and cleaning. It is easier to care for a fixed bridge since it will remain in your mouth unlike a denture which will need to be removed daily for cleaning.

What types of bridges are there?

A traditional bridge is one piece with dental crowns located on each end with a pontic in the middle. The two crowns will be fused to the anchor teeth located on both sides of the gap. A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge however, it will only be secured to anchor teeth located on one side of the gap instead of both. A Maryland bridge is only used to replace one tooth. It is made up of a false tooth with metal wings on each side. The wings are then secured to the two adjacent teeth to secure the false tooth.

How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?

A traditional dental bridge can replace one to two teeth. However, in some circumstances, a bridge can replace four or more teeth.

What are the disadvantages of dental bridges?

A dental bridge will not replace the tooth root and the patient will suffer from bone loss. They require perfectly healthy teeth to be reduced essentially permanently damaging them. The only way to avoid these issues is to secure the bridge with dental implants.