Dental Bridges Nashua, NH

Dental Bridges An Overview

Missing teeth, whether one or several, can have a detrimental effect on overall dental health and cause changes in both the appearance and function of the bite. Missing teeth can lead to shrinkage of the jaw bone and allow remaining teeth to shift, changing the bite and often causing a more aged appearance.

Our Nashua dentists can replace missing teeth with a dental bridge and restore function and aesthetics to your smile. Dental bridges can be either fixed or removable and dental implants can be used to secure a dental bridge for the best possible result.

Dr. Vogel or Dr. Levesque will work with you to determine the most suitable treatment option for your needs, cosmetic goals, and long-term oral health.

Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants: What to Consider?

For nearly a century, dental bridgework has been the standard treatment for the replacement of one or more lost teeth. Traditionally, a dental bridge is a three-unit restoration that requires filing down and placing dental crowns on two teeth – one on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth (or teeth).

While a dental bridge usually costs less than a dental implant, there are a number of disadvantages:

  • Requires filing down otherwise healthy teeth to create a support for the bridge
  • Future tooth decay is common in neighboring teeth
  • Root canal treatment may be necessary
  • Less longevity with a dental bridge when compared to dental implants

In many cases, a dental implant may be the most cost-effective, long-term tooth replacement option. Dental implants help to promote the health of neighboring teeth, as well as better bone and gum health. In general, dental implants also last longer and require less maintenance.

Dental Bridges What to Expect

A dental bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place.

A bridge can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability.

Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge is a multi-step process, beginning with a consultation and evaluation of your dental health condition, needs, and personal goals. Once a plan of treatment is in place, our office will work with you to schedule the visits needed for restoring your smile with a new bridge.

If dental implants are being used to anchor your bridge, the surgical implantation of the posts will need to be completed first. The next step is to take dental impressions and order a custom dental bridge that will blend with your remaining teeth and overall appearance.

Dental Bridges FAQs

How much does a dental bridge cost?

The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Our dental office works with nearly all dental insurance providers and will file necessary billing and paperwork on your behalf.

Can you repair broken bridgework?

Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems can still arise. If you have a dental bridge that has chipped, broken, or come loose, you should contact the dentist right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it altogether.

How do I care for a dental bridge?

A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. The dentist will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.

What can you not do after a dental bridge?

After a dental bridge is placed we recommend avoiding consuming hot or cold beverages, as they may cause sensitivity to your bridge. Patients with a bridge should also be careful when flossing a brushing.

How long do dental bridges last on front teeth?

Dental bridges may last anywhere from five to seven years. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings, your bridge may last upwards of 10 years.

How long does it take to adjust to a dental bridge?

It is normal for patients to take two weeks to adjust to a dental bridge. During this time we recommend avoiding foods that are too hot or too cold. For the first few days, you can alleviate some of the pain and discomfort by gently brushing your teeth with toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth.

What to expect after getting a bridge?

For a few hours following your dental bridge treatment, your mouth, gums, and tongue may feel numb. The anesthetic used will take some time to dissipate and wear off. For a few days or weeks after your surgery, your teeth may also be more sensitive to cold and heat than normal.