Why Orange County Residents with Missing Teeth Shouldn’t Dismiss Dental Bridges
Brian Toorani, DDS and his team at the Dental Oasis of Orange County are dedicated to providing the best dental care available.
When you lose one or more teeth, it is very common for your remaining teeth to shift in the mouth, causing gaps and discomfort that can lead to more serious complications.
Luckily, the Dental Oasis of Orange County has multiple preventative solutions to these problems, including the installation of bridges.
Dental Bridges are fixed appliances that use crowns (or caps) on your natural teeth to anchor false teeth, which fill in any neighboring gaps.
If your cheeks have a sunken appearance, bridges can help restore your former face shape and smile. While you may be eager about the cosmetic benefits, vital functions, like speaking clearly and chewing comfortably, will also be restored.
Bridges are an excellent alternative to dental implants when it comes to replacing multiple teeth.
So Why Would I Get Bridges If I Can Get an Implant?
You may be wary to even consider a bridge since so many dental websites have inundated their pages with the benefits of dental implants. And while it is true that implants are more durable and easier to clean, they do have some drawbacks. For one thing, dental implants are often considered to be a cosmetic treatment by insurers, this means that you may have to pay out of pocket.
Bridges, on the other hand, are often covered by insurers since it is a very common procedure that even general dentists can provide. And Cost Helper says that while lower-end bridge appliances can cost a few hundred dollars, dental implants can cost thousands of dollars, and that’s not including additional procedures, such as sinus lifts, extractions, bone grafts, etc., that may be necessary for the implant to take. Furthermore, if you have any contraindications that make it difficult for you to recover well after surgeries, there is a chance that your implant could fail. A failing implant is not easy to replace, but bridges can be swapped out quickly and without too much discomfort if a piece of the appliance breaks. Also, dental implants can take months (or even over a year if you need grafts) but bridges can be installed over the course of a few weeks. And if you have teeth with lots of fillings that will probably need crowns anyway, it may make more sense for you to let a dentist fill in neighboring gaps with a bridge.
You may be convinced by the previous benefits but are still understandably concerned about natural-looking bridges. There is no reason why an expert dental technician can’t imitate the natural color, natural translucency, and shape of your missing teeth. If you are looking for a dentist in Huntington Beach, CA, Dr. Toorani is a great option since he specializes in cosmetic dentistry, is a CEREC specialist, and has a better understanding of the intricacies of tooth aesthetics than a general dentist would.
Get Your Money’s Worth and Protect Your Investment
While implants are well-known for their longevity, bridges can actually last for decades if they are well cared for. They are made of durable materials, like porcelain, ceramics, and metals; but, the reason they can break down is
However, there are special flossing tools (e.g. proxy brush) and toothpaste on the market that you can purchase to prevent a buildup of debris and decay. If you used to enjoy chewing harder substances, like crushed ice, now’s a good time to break that habit if you want the bridge to last.
A good diet filled with leafy greens and regular dental cleanings can both go a long way in increasing the lifespan of your bridge.
Getting the Right Fit: Different Kinds of Dental Bridges
What kind of bridge you are fitted with will depend on the placement and number of gaps. A traditional bridge has two crowns on each end and a dummy tooth (or dummy teeth) in-between to cover a gap. This is a great option if your teeth have lots of fillings or are worn-down or if you are missing multiple teeth.
The dentist can place crowns on top of the worn teeth, while also covering the gap. Another kind of bridge is Maryland-bonded bridges. They consist of one false tooth with metal wings. The dentist will use an adhesive on the metal wings so that they seal to the backsides of your teeth. Because patients don’t want to see the metal wings, Maryland bridges are usually only recommended to patients with one gap in the front, so that the wings are hidden behind the teeth.
Contact the Dental Oasis in Huntington Beach!
You will continue to have follow-up appointments to monitor how everything fits and ages.
After everything is said and done, your bridge will last many years and will function as if it were your natural teeth. If you have any questions about bridges or crowns, call (714) 894-7700 or visit the Dental Oasis of Orange County.
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Dental Oasis Of Orange County is located at 7777 Edinger Ave #232, Huntington Beach, CA 92647