Dental Bridges Baltimore, MD

Dental Bridges An Overview

Are you missing one or more teeth? Tooth loss can have a negative impact on both your appearance and your overall oral health. In order to enjoy a whole smile again, talk to your dentist about tooth replacement options. Dr. Byron Desbordes provides affordable dental bridges in Randallstown, MD. It is one of the dental services we offer to Baltimore, MD.

Why should I replace lost teeth?

Tooth loss hurts oral health. When you lose a tooth this threatens the alignment of your smile as the remaining teeth may drift from their positions as a result of the gap. In addition, the pressure on your jaw joints from tooth loss can increase the risk of bruxism and TMJ disorders. Misalignment itself can make caring for your smile more difficult, allowing tooth decay and gum disease to develop.

Do I need a dental bridge?

A dental bridge has long been the replacement option when one or more consecutive teeth are missing. Anchored by existing teeth or new dental implants, a dental bridge can restore normal function and help you maintain your oral health for the long term. A trusted dentist in Baltimore MD, Dr. Byron Desbordes can design and place a custom-fit dental bridge so that you can get back to enjoying life with a stable and functional smile.

Today’s dental bridges are typically fixed for a more secure restoration. A bridge can be anchored using your existing teeth or dental implants. When natural teeth are used, a dental crown is usually recommended to strengthen the tooth and provide more stable support for the bridge. Dr. Desbordes will recommend the placement of dental implants if the existing teeth are damaged or considered too weak to effectively support a dental bridge.

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Dental Bridges What to Expect

Dr. Desbordes will meet with you to thoroughly evaluate your dental health and discuss your concerns and goals. If dental implants are recommended, he will create a treatment plan for the surgical placement of the implant post and a temporary bridge to restore function.

A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a prosthetic that features dental crowns connected to the replacement teeth. The crowns are placed on the natural teeth on each end of the gap, anchoring the new teeth in place.

Dr. Desbordes will begin by preparing the neighboring, or “anchor teeth” for the bridge. Once the anchor teeth are ready, impressions will be taken for use in fabricating your new custom dental bridge. In a couple of weeks, a new bridge will be ready to be permanently secured to the anchor teeth.

Your new smile will complement your natural appearance and support lasting dental health. A bridge lasts for about 10 to 15 years before requiring adjustment or replacement. You will need to care for your new prosthetic. We will discuss ways to properly care for your new bridge. With care and maintenance, you can help your new prosthetic last for longer periods.

Dental Bridges FAQs

How long does a dental bridge last?

With proper oral hygiene and routine dental care, you can expect your new bridge to last for 10 years or more. When anchored with dental implants, this may be even longer. Removable bridges are meant to be temporary, so they will not last as long.

Are dental bridges covered by dental insurance?

A dental bridge is often covered in part by your dental insurance. It is considered a restorative dental service and necessary to maintain good oral health. Our office can work with you to determine your benefits and what your portion of the total cost will be.

What should I do if I have a broken or damaged bridge?

Do not use a removable bridge if it’s broken or damaged. If your fixed bridge is broken, refrain from chewing on that side. Broken bridges can cause damage like cuts and cracks to your anchor teeth and gums. Visit your dentist as soon as possible to repair or replace your dental bridge.