If you’re missing one or more teeth, you are not alone. The American Dental Association reports that the average adult is missing up to three teeth. The good news is there are several options to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge is an excellent option that can restore your smile and help maintain your oral health.

A simple solution for missing teeth

There are many options when you are missing a tooth. A dental bridge is a wonderful option for many because it is an aesthetic and permanent solution for a missing tooth. A bridge helps restore function by preventing other teeth from moving, allows for proper eating and speaking, and gives a natural aesthetic to a smile. If you neglect to replace a missing tooth, that gap will eventually cause surrounding teeth to drift into that space, often causing further bite problems. Dr. Sugiki is here to help restore your smile by discussing various dental bridge options, including multiple tooth unit bridges, Maryland bridges, and dental implant supported bridges.

Choose Dr. Sugiki for your dental bridge

A dental bridge requires numerous visits to prepare your teeth that are anchors and match the perfect shade against your natural teeth. A fixed bridge will require at least two visits to our office. We will take an impression mold or scan of your teeth and the area the bridge will fill. The mold will serve as a template to create a custom laboratory made appliance. Dr. Sugiki may recommend temporary dental crowns to help transition you to a permanent bridge Once ready, your bridge will be adjusted and fit to your bite so that it is comfortable before being permanently cemented. A dental bridge is important in that it will help distribute forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth and prevent any jaw problems by teeth shifting. Excellent oral hygiene is necessary to maintain your bridge and prevent any tooth decay. Once your bridge is permanently bonded, you will be able to restore your original bite and smile!!

BENEFITS of A dental bridge:

  • A dental bridge can restore your facial structure to the proper form. After teeth loss, the jaw and shape of your face can appear sunken in and cause an aging affect. A bridge can fill in those gaps and help maintain a more youthful smile.
  • Having a fixed bridge instead of a removable appliance gives you more security that it will remain in place while speaking and eating
  • A bridge is a cost efficient way to replace a tooth and maintain the function of the adjacent teeth so they don’t shift or supra-erupt causing alignment issues.

Dental Bridges FAQ

Can a dental bridge help me chew properly?

A dental bridge is designed to replace a missing tooth and restore its original function. The bridge will allow you to chew properly while preventing the neighboring teeth from drifting. It is a permanent appliance that will remain in place so that you will not have any discomfort while eating or speaking.

Can I get a cavity with a dental bridge?

Just like you can get a cavity under a traditional crown, you can get a cavity under an anchored tooth that supports your bridge. You must have good oral hygiene habits and a lower sugar diet to prevent tooth decay.

Can I floss with a bridge?

You cannot use traditional floss, but you can use a bridge floss threader, inter proximal floss sticks and an oral irrigator to help maintain your bridge and gums. If you need assistance in flossing, please call our office to schedule an appointment for us to show you the proper way to care for your bridge.

 How long does a bridge last?

If you have good oral hygiene and habits, a dental bridge can last up to 10 years or more. It is really dependent on how well you take care of your oral health.

How much does a dental bridge cost?

The cost of a dental bridge can range from $1500 - $2000 and depends on many factors. We are dedicated to helping you find the best treatment at affordable prices. Our office proudly orders payment options, including third-party financing and low monthly payments.