How Many Teeth Can a Dental Bridge Replace?

Dental Bridges Somerville, MA

A dental bridge is a common way to replace missing teeth. However, before deciding on the most appropriate method of teeth replacement, it is best to learn more about dental bridges as well as other possible treatment solutions. This review offers insights specifically into what a dental bridge is and how many teeth it can replace. 

A review of dental bridge treatment for teeth replacement

A dental bridge is often compared to traditional dentures or a dental implant. All are suitable options for replacing a single tooth or a section of teeth, although a dental bridge may be preferable in certain situations. The following is everything to know about what a dental bridge is and when it is appropriate. 

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a method of replacing one or more missing teeth. It involves an artificial tooth (or teeth) that are connected to two abutment teeth or dental implants on each side of the replacement. A dental bridge can replace a single tooth or a section of missing teeth, although it is not suitable for full arch replacement. Brides are durable and can last for up to fifteen years with proper care. They also look almost identical to natural teeth and function very similarly as well. 

When is a dental bridge appropriate?

A dental bridge is appropriate for patients that have one missing tooth or a section of missing teeth. However, the patient also needs strong abutments. This could be healthy adjacent teeth or dental implants. Patients that prefer a less invasive treatment option than the traditional dental implant route may prefer a dental bridge, particularly if the natural teeth on each side of the missing tooth (or teeth) are healthy enough to support the bridge long-term. 

How does the treatment process work?

The treatment process varies and is personalized based on the specific details of the patient’s oral health and treatment needs. The process may begin with placing dental crowns on the adjacent teeth, if necessary, to provide adequate support for holding the dental bridge in place. The bridge (artificial teeth) is then attached to the abutment (adjacent teeth or implants). The procedure is not invasive and does not require a long recovery time. 

What to expect long-term with a dental bridge

After dental bridge placement, the patient may need to get used to it, which could take several days. While adjusting, it is important to follow the dentist’s post-care instructions, practice good oral hygiene and eat a soft diet adjusting to life with new teeth. A dental bridge can last for more than a decade to as many as fifteen years. 

Find out more about a dental bridge during a consultation visit

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, then we encourage you to give us a call to schedule a consultation. We offer dental bridge treatment as well as other teeth replacement options you may want to consider. We can put together a treatment plan to accomplish existing treatment goals for tooth replacement.

Request an appointment here: https://somervilledentist.com or call Assembly Dental at (857) 300-5779 for an appointment in our Somerville office.

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