Are you missing one or multiple consecutive teeth?
It is important to replace a missing tooth or teeth because gaps in teeth can easily be filled by remaining teeth. Shifting teeth crowd together and make it difficult to clean. Spaces in the mouth that are difficult to clean are prone to tooth decay due to plaque buildup. Missing teeth can also lead to problems like bone loss, difficulty chewing, speech issues, bite irregularities, and facial sagging. Dr. Shulman places dental bridges for restoring function and aesthetics to your smile after tooth loss. He works with patients on an individual basis when replacing teeth to give you back a smile that is natural looking and comfortable.
Dental bridges can be anchored by natural adjacent teeth or dental implants. When using existing teeth it is often necessary to place dental crowns for the most stable outcome. When used in conjunction with dental implants, dental bridges can be permanent, long-lasting replacements to missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
There are several benefits that dental bridges offer to patients with missing teeth. Dental bridges:
- Make it easier to bite and chew
- Evenly distribute your bite
- Prevent bone loss when secured by implants
- Maintain your facial structure
- Look and feel natural
If you want to replace your missing teeth with a permanent dental bridge, Dr. Drew Shulman will use dental implants for a secure and comfortable fit. The first stage of treatment will be the surgical implantation of the post which will serve as a new tooth root. This will require a healing period of several months, after which the permanent bridge is attached.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Am I a good candidate for an implant secured dental bridge?
Dr. Shulman will assess your oral health to determine if you have enough healthy bone and gum tissue needed for this procedure. There is a range of treatments available to augment bone loss and create a stable foundation for the placement of an implant supported bridge.
How do you care for a dental bridge?
A removable dental bridge should be removed and cleaned twice a day. Implant secured dental bridges can be maintained like regular natural teeth.
Does getting a dental bridge placed hurt?
No, the process for getting a dental bridge placed does not cause pain. In fact, it will alleviate pain if you have already been wearing old bridges.
Other Tooth Replacement Options
With the advancements in dental technology, technique, and materials, tooth replacement is more efficient, more comfortable and natural looking than ever before. Dr. Shulman offers a variety of treatment options for missing teeth, so that he can personalize your treatment plan so you receive optimal results. While each option has many benefits, dental implants can be used in combination with all options for a more secure restoration.
- Denture– Dentures have long been the go to for missing teeth. Used for patients who are missing all of their teeth on the upper or bottom jaw. Dentures are now more natural looking and can be better fit for comfort and increased chewing ability. Fixed dentures are even more secure with the use of dental implants.
- Dental Implant– Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jaw. Once healed, dental implants fuse with your natural bone making a stable foundation for a dental restoration. For one missing tooth, a crown may be placed on the implant for a permanent and beautiful dental restoration.
Schedule an Appointment
Are you self-conscious about your missing teeth? Restore your oral health and the appearance of your smile today with a custom dental bridge. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shulman at his Northeast Philadelphia dentist office, call (215) 372-1142.