Dental Bridges – Fort Lauderdale, FL
We Can Help When You’ve Lost a Tooth
Tooth loss is far more common than you would probably like to think. In fact, it’s estimated that almost 70 percent of all adults in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Our practice’s recommendation for restoring an incomplete smile can vary from patient to patient, but in many cases, a dental bridge is the perfect option for the job. Get in touch with our team at Seaside Family Dentistry today if you’re thinking of getting a bridge for the gap in your grin.
Why Choose Seaside Family Dentistry for Dental Bridges?
- Bridges Made from High-Quality Materials
- Personalized, Dedicated Dental Care
- Team That Forms Trusting Relationships with Patients
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is actually the combination of two crowns and at least one artificial tooth. The crowns are what keep the bridge attached to the mouth, resting on either natural teeth or dental implant posts. Meanwhile, the artificial teeth between the crowns are used to complete your smile. Like single crowns, dental bridges can be made out of a variety of materials. Notably, a porcelain bridge can be carefully shaded so that it resembles your natural teeth as closely as possible.
Types of Dental Bridges
Sometimes we may suggest having a traditional dental bridge placed, but in other situations, we may deem that an implant bridge is more appropriate. The only way to know for sure which is the best fit for your smile is to set up an appointment with our team so that we can examine your mouth and evaluate your oral health. Here’s a quick look at the types of bridges available.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge is anchored to your natural teeth, so a bit of enamel will have to be removed beforehand. You may be a candidate for a traditional bridge if you’re missing at least one tooth and if the teeth directly next to the gap are healthy enough to support the prosthesis.
It’s sometimes possible to attach a bridge to dental implants. The procedure typically requires two implant posts, which are surgically placed in your jaw. If you’ve lost three or more consecutive teeth and have a sufficient amount of jawbone density, an implant bridge can be well worth considering.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
It’s always best to have missing teeth replaced as soon as possible. Once you have re-completed your smile with a dental bridge, you’ll be able to enjoy these benefits:
- You’ll no longer have to worry about your remaining teeth drifting out of alignment because the empty space in your mouth will be completely filled.
- You can take care of your dental bridge as if it were a natural part of your smile (e.g., brushing two times a day and flossing daily).
- Your replacement teeth will be able to last for many years – sometimes 15 or more – as long as you take good care of them.
Dental Bridges FAQs
Dental bridges in Fort Lauderdale have been used for generations to treat consecutive tooth loss. Although they are supported by decades of success, a bridge is a big commitment. Your dentist at Seaside Family Dentistry will address your concerns and explain everything during your consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about bridges.
How Many Teeth Can a Dental Bridge Replace?
A dental bridge can treat 1 or more lost teeth in a row, but longer restorations have a higher failure rate. Most bridges are recommended to treat 1-3 lost teeth. Replacing more than 3 can result in instability and damage your supporting teeth. Instead, your dentist may recommend another treatment, like a partial or an implant-retained solution.
Are Dental Implants Cheaper Than a Bridge?
Dental implants cost more upfront than a regular bridge, but they are the most affordable overall. A traditional bridge must be replaced about every 10 years, which can get costly over time. Dental implants have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for 30 years or more. You won't have the budget for replacements to benefit from lower oral health expenses. Dental implants replace the entire tooth structure, not just the portion above the gum tissue. This creates a nearly perfect replica of your real tooth to stop common issues caused by missing teeth. You'll avoid needing costly treatments later by preserving your natural smile. Your dentist in Fort Lauderdale will determine if dental implants are right for you.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
The average lifespan of a dental bridge ranges from 5 to 15 years. Many factors affect the life expectancy, like the quality of materials, the number of teeth treated, and your aftercare routine. You can get the most from your investment by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Avoid eating hard or chewy foods often. Keep inedible objects out of your mouth and don't use your teeth in place of tools or scissors. Besides caring for your teeth and gums at home, visit your dentist every 6 months for a clean and checkup. We'll keep your mouth healthy and check your bridge at each appointment to ensure your smile lasts.
Can I Use My Dental Insurance to Pay for a Bridge?
Every situation differs, but most dental insurance companies classify bridges as a major service. You can use your benefits for your constitution and any diagnostic services, like X-rays. It's not unusual to require a little prep work before getting a bridge, like gum disease therapy. Your insurance will cover some of the expense of any medically necessary treatments after meeting your annual deductible. You can use your yearly allowance to lower the amount you will pay out-of-pocket. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your coverage to keep a complete smile within your budget.