Are you missing multiple consecutive teeth?
Dental bridges are oral appliances that allow patients to replace one or more consecutive teeth. At Larsen Family Dental, we are happy to provide dental bridges and implant-supported bridges as a part of our restorative dentistry services to clients looking for tooth replacement options.
Choosing the right option for your dental health and cosmetic goals is important for a successful outcome. Dr. Larsen can provide the experienced, personalized care you need to develop a treatment plan for restoring your smile and enjoying your best quality of life.
Dental Bridge or Dental Implant: what to consider
Dental implants can offer certain key benefits for your dental health when replacing lost teeth. If you are replacing a single missing tooth, the choice between a bridge and an implant should take certain factors into consideration:
- The health of existing teeth: When placing an implant, there is no need to compromise neighboring teeth to anchor the restoration. A traditional bridge will require the two adjacent teeth to be reduced to accommodate it.
- Stability of your smile: The implant post serves as a prosthetic tooth root which has also been lost, helping to support continued bone health in the jaw. Preventing bone loss will help keep the natural shape of your face.
- Normal chewing and confident speech: The permanent and stable dental implant will give you the ability and confidence to enjoy your favorite foods and speak clearly.
Dental Bridges in Bountiful, UT
If you are considering your tooth replacement options, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Larsen online or call us today at 801.228.0155. Our team can provide you with a variety of treatment plans to meet your needs. You deserve to feel confident with your smile and enjoy the functionality of a full set of teeth. Here are some common questions we are asked regarding our dental bridge restorations:
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges improve the appearance of your smile while also offering you the functionality of a restored smile. Restoring your chewing and speaking patterns, maintaining the structure of your jaw, and relieving muscle strain around your mouth are also key benefits of dental bridges. This prevents further issues from occurring such as chronic jaw pain or teeth shifting.
Do dental bridges require any extra care?
You will need to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits after you get your dental bridge. Dr. Larsen will show you how to clean around your dental bridge so that you keep it clean and free of bacteria buildup. Cleaning around and underneath your dental bridge is crucial in maintaining its longevity.
How will I know if a dental bridge is right for me?
As a holistic dentist in Bountiful, UT, Dr. Larsen will provide a thorough consultation of your smile and present you with all of your tooth replacement options. If you are struggling to choose between dental bridges and dental implants, talk to Dr. Larsen for a better understanding of what each restoration will do for your smile.
How long do dental bridges last?
Traditional dental bridges that are supported by natural teeth last from 5-15 years. Implant-supported bridges can last much longer. However, the length of time they last is determined by how well you care for them.
Can I eat normally with a dental bridge?
If the bridge is placed properly, you should be able to eat normally. Implant-supported bridges should feel just like your natural teeth. Your bridge does take some getting used to at first. It should start to feel normal after about two weeks.
How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?
A bridge can replace one-four teeth. In rare cases, more than four may be used on a dental bridge. Typically, a bridge is used to replace one or two consecutive teeth.