Your Go-to Dentists for Dental Bridges in Tampa, FL
There are many types of dental bridges out there and knowing which one is for you can be a challenge. Our purpose at Modern Day Smiles Tampa is to educate individuals on dental treatments so they can make a well-informed decision on which is best for them. On this page, we will cover what a dental bridge is, types of dental bridges, along with how long it takes to get a dental bridge and are dental bridges expensive?
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, attaching a fixed bridge is done by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. On the other hand, there are also removable bridges that attach to the teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments.
Why do I need a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is most commonly used by patients to improve oral functionality and appearance. This is because a bridge helps to support your lips and cheeks which make up your facial structure and comfort whilst chewing or drinking. However, effective dental health should be at the forefront of your decision for getting a bridge. When a patient has missing teeth or broken areas of their teeth, they can experience an increased risk of gum disease along with speech disorders and other potentially harmful disorders.
How is a Dental Bridge attached?
The dental bridge procedure and attachment process for dental bridges usually takes two to three appointments at our dental clinic in Tampa, FL. During your first appointment with us, our specialist Dr. Alexis Spinuso will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Fixed bridges at our dental clinic are usually cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth, whereby a false tooth (pontic) replaces the lost tooth.
The combination of our state-of-the-art equipment and specialists at our dental clinic means all patients leave satisfied with their dental bridges.
How do I take care of my Dental Bridge?
Caring for a dental bridge can seem like an easy process, however, a strict regimen for brushing and flossing should be maintained to keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Doing this is very important for those with dental bridges as a bridge relies strongly on neighboring teeth for support.
At Modern Day Smiles our friendly dentists work with you to educate you on the best process around caring for your dental bridges or any other dental treatment you need.
What Types of Dental Bridge are available?
At Modern Day Smiles, we provide 3 main types of dental bridges to patients. They are as follows:
Traditional Fixed Bridges
These consist of 2 or more crowns combined with a filler tooth (or teeth). The filler tooth or teeth are usually attached to one or more crowns in the mouth and these crowns keep the bridge in place. These traditional bridges are most common and are either made of porcelain fused to metal or of ceramics. Certain materials used can look just like real teeth and are therefore preferred by patients.
These types of dental bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth, this is where there are no teeth next to the other side of the missing tooth or teeth.
Maryland Bonded Bridges
These are also commonly called resin-bonded bridges and are made of porcelain fused to metal teeth supported by a metal framework. Our dental experts use metal wings on each side of the bridge that are bonded to the existing teeth and this type of bridge is usually used to replace front teeth.
What material are Dental Bridges made out of?
Dental bridges are commonly constructed out of gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain or a combination of a few materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metals as part of the dental bridge process.
How much do Dental Bridges cost?
The price of dental bridges is strongly dependent on both the material in use and the location of your teeth. We recommended individuals interested in dental bridges contact our office today so we can book you in an appointment.
Proudly Serving 33615 and surrounding areas in Tampa
Modern Day Smiles caters to a variety of different dental requirements and we take pride in our ability to provide affordable dental care to patients in the 33615 and surrounding areas. To find out more about how we can help, we recommend getting in touch with us using the contact page or call us at (813) 890-0044 so a member of our friendly team can point you in the right direction.