Dental Bridges Levittown PA

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain the proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.

Dental Bridge Options

A dental bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable (Partial denture).

Fixed bridges are of two kinds. (1) They are applied by placing crowns on the abutment teeth, or (2) by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal or non-metallic, flexible plastic clips.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health.  What you may not know is that if missing teeth are not replaced, the remaining teeth all start shifting, messing up the bite and the appearance. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things very well. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges and removable bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

What exactly is a dental bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentist. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than removable bridges.

Why do I need a dental bridge?

Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.

Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

How is a dental bridge attached?

Making a fixed bridge usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment Dr. Paghdiwala will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the missing tooth. Dental crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

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What materials are used for dental bridges?

Most Fixed Bridges that Dr. Paghdiwala makes today are all ceramic, non-metallic. In the past, the bridges were usually constructed from gold, non-precious alloys or a combination of these materials,  and porcelain was often bonded to the  metal for esthetics.

How do I take care of my bridge?

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

We Make Dentistry Affordable on Every Budget

In order that most patients can take the advantage of these innovative methods, we offer different financing options, including:

  • We accept a lot of dental insurance plans. Our office will try to get you the maximum benefits from your insurance for the implants. You will only have to pay the portion they do not cover.
  • Credit Cards: We accept all major credit cards
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): If your employer offers FSAs, you can use your benefits at our office
  • Third-Party Lenders: We offer zero percent, interest-free financing through third-party lenders such as Care Credit and Lending Club (on approved credit).
  • Pearl Dental Membership: If you do not have dental insurance, our in-office Membership plan gives you access to discounts on all treatments for a low monthly payment.

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