Blevins Dentistry

Does a Dental Bridge Feel Natural?

Mullins SC Dentist Office

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Yes, it absolutely does! Why are we so confident? Well, for starters, there are no sticky adhesives involved and there’s never a worry that your dental bridge will fall out. This form of restoration is designed to resemble the shape, look, and function of natural teeth.

Even better, Dr. Blevins can construct and place your bridge in one appointment thanks to CEREC® technology. Say goodbye to the discomfort of missing teeth and say hello to improved self confidence and oral health.

Let’s dive right into the dental bridge procedure and the benefits it brings.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Appropriately named, a dental bridge literally “bridges the gap” left by one or more missing teeth. It is a fixed, or permanent, solution that replaces lost teeth and gives you a beautifully natural smile.

Traditional dental bridges consist of two or more crowns with a false tooth in between. The crowns are placed over anchoring teeth on either side of the gap, also known as “abutment teeth”.

Bridges can also be supported by dental implants if natural teeth are not present.

Why Would I Need a Bridge?

Every patient is different. Dr. Blevins will need to examine your entire mouth to determine what will work best for you. We may even find that dentures or dental implants are the more appropriate choice.

However, the dental bridge procedure could be recommended if you’re experiencing:

Procedure

At Blevins Dentistry, we are proud to have CEREC® dental technology at our fingertips. Unlike other dental offices, we do not need to outsource the fabrication of your bridge. Our team is able to make and place the bridge in-house for your convenience.

Because of this, the entire bridge procedure can move at a faster pace. Dr. Blevins will start by shaping and filing the abutment teeth on both sides of the empty gap. This is done to ensure the crowns fit nicely next to the fake tooth. If the supporting teeth are dental implants, this step will not be necessary.

Dr. Blevins will then take 3D digital impressions of your teeth and send those to his computer. With these images, he’ll begin designing your custom bridge. Once the bridge looks ideal, it’ll be sent to the milling machine we have located in our office.

At the milling machine, the bridge will be sculpted from a tooth-colored ceramic block. Dr. Blevins will remove the bridge from the machine once it’s finished and transition to the placement stage. Lastly, the bridge will be cemented into place.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

There are many advantages to having a dental bridge placed. The most obvious benefit is that they can help improve the appearance of your smile. This alone can provide a noticeable confidence boost and make it all worth it.

Dental bridges can also:

  • Restore your ability to talk and chew food
  • Help maintain the natural shape of your face
  • Improve your speech or pronunciation
  • Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting into undesirable positions
  • Re-adjust your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew

Aftercare Tips

Your dental bridge will need to be taken care of to ensure your mouth remains healthy. You will have to be extra diligent about practicing oral hygiene habits after the permanent bridge is placed.

For example, the area where the fake tooth rests on the gums is difficult to clean and can result in plaque buildup. To combat this, rinse with mouthwash often, brush twice a day, and floss daily underneath the bridge.

Oral hygiene habits such as these will reduce inflammation and prevent cavities from occurring at the edge of the bridge. You may find that you need floss threaders or a water flosser to accurately reach areas underneath and in between.

Ask Us About Your Tooth Replacement Options

Dr. Blevins offers patients multiple innovative ways to replace missing teeth. As a restorative dentist in Mullins, SC, he knows how important a healthy smile is not just for the body, but for an individual’s confidence. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment online or call Blevins Dentistry today at (843) 561-4039.

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