Smile Dental Group Offers Dental Bridges in Somerville, MA

When talking about restoring the beauty and function of your smile, Smile Dental Group stands out as a premier destination for dental bridges. Addressing missing is not only about aesthetics but also about maintaining oral health, preventing misalignments, and ensuring the functionality of your bite. 

At our dental office, the combination of cutting-edge technology, expert dental craftsmanship, and a patient-centered approach ensures we craft every dental bridge to perfection. Our commitment to excellence guarantees that your dental bridges look natural, feel comfortable, and last long.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are prosthetic appliances that replace one or more missing teeth. They “bridge” the gap created by missing teeth, thus restoring the patient’s ability to chew and speak properly and maintaining the shape of their face. Dental bridges are anchored on either side of the gap by natural teeth or implants supporting the prosthesis.

Dental bridges have several types:

Traditional Bridges

This is the most common type where a prosthetic tooth is held in place by dental crowns placed on adjacent teeth.

Maryland-Bonded Bridges

Also called resin-bonded bridges, these are made of porcelain or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework bonded to the back of neighboring teeth. 

Cantilever Bridges

It is used when there is only one adjacent tooth next to the missing tooth, which means the bridge is anchored on only one side.

Implant-Supported Bridges

These are supported by dental implants placed in the jawbone, making them a more permanent and stable solution for replacing missing teeth. 

The Process of Getting Dental Bridges

Getting dental bridges involves several steps to ensure a perfect fit and a natural look. Here’s what patients can expect:

1. Initial Consultation

The initial step in getting a dental bridge is to consult with your dentist. During this visit, the dentist will examine your mouth, take X-rays, and discuss the best options for your dental health.

2. Teeth Preparation

If we consider you a good candidate for a dental bridge, we will prepare the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. It involves reshaping these teeth by removing a portion of the enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them.

3. Impressions

Once we prepare the abutment teeth, we proceed to make impressions of your teeth. We use these impressions to create a model of your teeth, which we send to a dental lab where they make your permanent bridges.

4. Temporary Bridge

In most cases, we may fit a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the permanent bridge is being made.

5. Fitting the Permanent Bridge

During your next visit, we will remove the temporary bridge, and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted as necessary to achieve a proper fit. We may also require you to make multiple visits to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is a crucial step to ensure the comfort and functionality of your new bridge.

6. Final Cementing

Once we ensure the fit, we will finally cement the bridge into place and give you care instructions, including cleaning under the bridge. This completion of the procedure restores your smile, along with the ability to properly chew and speak.

FAQs About Dental Bridges

1. How long do dental bridges last? 

With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last 5 to 15 years and even longer in some cases. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene can help ensure the longevity of your bridge.

2. Are dental bridges noticeable? 

Dental bridges are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They are custom-made to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable.

3. Is the procedure for getting dental bridges painful? 

The procedure itself is not painful because it is performed under local anesthesia. You may experience mild discomfort and sensitivity after the procedure, but this usually subsides within a few days.

4. Can dental bridges improve speech? 

Yes, replacing missing teeth with dental bridges can significantly improve speech that might have been affected by gaps in your teeth. Properly aligned teeth help in producing clear and precise sounds.

5. Do dental bridges require special care? 

While dental bridges do not require special care, maintaining good oral hygiene is essential. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily (including under the bridge), and regular dental checkups will help keep your bridge and remaining teeth healthy.

High-Quality Dental Bridges at Smile Dental Group

You should only get dental bridges from reliable experts like Smile Dental Group. It ensures your treatment goes well without complications, increasing the chances of a full recovery and expected results.

Contact us now to set an appointment with us!

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