According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly one quarter (about 26%) of individuals aged 65 or older have 8 or fewer teeth. It’s also estimated that at least 69% of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one tooth. With these kinds of statistics, it should come as no surprise that dental bridges in Grapevine are a welcomed relief to patients suffering from tooth loss. As a tried-and-true form of tooth replacement, these restorations can recreate your smile and ensure a brighter future. Call us today to learn more from one of our talented team members at Smiles by Martin.
A bridge is the most conventional treatment to replace 1 to 3 consecutive missing teeth. Dr. Martin takes a digital impression of your mouth to create prosthetic teeth. They are designed to match the appearance of your natural ones to blend in seamlessly when you smile. To hold the bridge in place, custom-made dental crowns are bonded to your adjacent teeth.
This gives you an affordable and effective solution to regain a complete smile. With the right aftercare, your bridge can last an average of 5 years before needing to be replaced. If you prefer a long-lasting solution, ask Dr. Martin about the benefits of an implant-supported bridge.
Although a fixed dental bridge is the most common, you can also inquire about an implant bridge. Much of your choice will be dependent on the state of your oral and overall health, your jawbone density, and your budget.
With a fixed dental bridge, it is a much less invasive procedure that only requires altering healthy abutment teeth and creating a bridge restoration that will rest atop your gums. Once the exterior crowns are secured over the tops of your healthy teeth, the pontics (artificial teeth) will fill in the gap to create a complete smile that works like normal.
Instead of altering healthy teeth, an implant bridge uses two dental implant posts that are placed within the sockets and fuse with the bone. This creates a solid foundation for your new bridge, which will be attached to the posts via metal abutments, which are small connector appliances. Once in place, you will be able to eat and speak like normal and enjoy a longer-lasting smile of 30+ years.
Whether you choose a fixed or implant bridge, many great benefits come with these restorations. Not only will you experience the chance to enjoy a full smile once again, but you’ll also: