Dental Bridges – Edmond, OK
Rebuild Your Smile with a Dental Bridge
Every tooth is invaluable to your oral health and quality of life. Losing even one can have detrimental consequences for your dental health, self-esteem, and quality of life. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with gaps in your smile. We can rebuild the attractive, functional smile you deserve with a dental bridge in Edmond. Our office creates natural-looking, durable bridges to achieve the confident, beautiful smile you deserve.
Why Choose Dr. M. Kent Smith for Dental Bridges?
- Personalized treatment plans for each patient.
- Advanced techniques and technologies.
- Durable, natural-looking solutions.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a tried and proven method to replace 1-4 missing teeth in a row. Unlike a partial, a bridge is secured in place, so only a trained dental professional can remove it. Your dentist in Edmond will take an impression of your mouth to design your new teeth. All-ceramic material is used to recreate the portions of your lost teeth above the gum line. It’s held in place using either dental crowns or implant posts. Your new smile will look and feel natural, so you won’t have to worry about anyone noticing your replacement teeth aren’t your own.
Types of Dental Bridges
Advancements in dentistry give you more options than ever to restore your smile. After examining your mouth and learning more about your goals, your dentist will review your options, which include:
Traditional Dental Bridge
Your bridge will be carefully crafted to match the appearance of your natural teeth to blend in with your smile. It is held in place by bonding dental crowns over your adjacent teeth. Your teeth will have to be reshaped; however, your bridge can stay in place for several years with the right aftercare, like brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly.
As an alternative to dental crowns, your bridge can be secured to your jawbone using 1-2 dental implants. The posts will replicate your tooth roots, giving you the next best thing to your real smile. Unlike a traditional bridge, dental implants can last for decades, so you’ll never have to worry about having them replaced. You’ll save money down the road while benefiting from a nearly perfect replica of your natural teeth.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
A bridge has been used for generations to treat consecutive tooth loss because it provides a plethora of benefits, including:
- Improved Confidence: Your replacement teeth will match your natural ones, so you can laugh, smile, and eat without any insecurities.
- Improved Oral Functions: The bridge will be made of durable material to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing.
- Better Oral Health: Replacing your lost teeth stops the complications of tooth loss to prevent needing a costly treatment later to reduce your long-term oral health expenses.
- Long-Lasting, Cost-Effective Solution: A bridge is designed to be a long-term fix for a cost-effective investment.
Dental Bridge FAQs
If you’re missing a tooth or two, a dental bridge may be the solution that you’re looking for. However, replacing your missing teeth is a big decision, so it pays to be well-informed. We’re here to help! Here are the answers to the most common questions we are asked about dental bridges in Edmond. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Give us a call and we’d be happy explain more about the process and get you started with an initial consultation.
Can You Take a Dental Bridge Out?
No, dental bridges are designed to remain in your mouth for many years after being placed. You shouldn’t be able to take them out on your own. Only a dental professional is able to. Some healthcare providers may call partial dentures “removable bridges,” but this isn’t entirely accurate. Partials may be similar to bridges but one of the key differences is that partials can be removed by the patients at any time, while bridges cannot.
Is Getting a Dental Bridge Painful?
Before preparing your teeth to support a bridge, your dentist will numb the teeth that they’ll be working on. While you shouldn’t feel any discomfort during the procedure itself, you are likely to feel some sensitivity for a few days afterwards. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, but give us a call is discomfort persists. Since bridges are able to keep surrounding teeth from drifting out of place, they can prevent discomfort later on caused by dental drift.
How Many Teeth Can a Dental Bridge Replace?
Depending on the patient’s needs, a dental bridge can replace anywhere from one to four missing teeth in a row. However, in most cases, bridges are used to replace only one or two teeth. The longer the bridge extends, the less stable it becomes, especially if the natural teeth supporting the bridge aren’t strong and healthy. Implant bridges can lower this risk since implants are just as strong and secure as natural teeth.
Do Dental Bridges Feel Natural?
Within a few days of receiving your permanent dental bridge, it should start to feel increasingly natural. Bridges are made from durable materials that can stand up to everyday chewing forces just as easily as tooth enamel, so eating with your bridge shouldn’t feel strong. The reason your dentist reshapes your abutment teeth and takes impressions is to ensure that the bridge fits properly. Ultimately, it shouldn’t feel noticeable.
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Take your first step toward a beautiful, functional smile by scheduling your consultation. Contact our office today for a stunning new smile.
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