Top Questions Asked About Dental Bridges

April 4, 2022
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When one or more teeth are missing, it can affect your health in many ways. Not only is tooth decay unpleasant, but having missing teeth also makes it difficult to perform certain functions. Thankfully, there’s no need to worry. Dental bridges in Issaquah are a great way to replace missing teeth and make your smile healthier.

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What Is a Dental Bridge?  

A dental bridge is a metal or porcelain device that helps complete your smile. It is used to restore a tooth that has been damaged or removed. When a tooth is damaged, it may be unable to function properly.  

Often, this tooth doesn't match the color or shape of the adjacent teeth, leaving you with an unattractive gap. In this case, you can get a dental bridge to restore your smile's quality.  

Can Anyone Have a Dental Bridge?  

As with any dental restoration, you must be in good overall health to have a dental bridge. You should visit your dentist for a dental exam to ensure your mouth is in good health.  

During your initial visit, your dentist will review your medical history, examine your mouth, and take a few X-rays to ensure you are healthy enough to get your dental bridge. The X-rays will help your dentist determine whether there are any cavities or other issues within your oral cavity.

If all is well, your dentist will schedule a second visit to discuss your options for a dental bridge. They will let you choose the type of bridge that best fits your needs. You can choose a porcelain dental bridge, metal dental bridge, or a tooth-colored dental bridge.  

If you pick a tooth-colored bridge, your dentist will create a mold of the missing tooth to create a precise replica. After the mold is created, they will send the replica to a dental laboratory so that the technician can make your bridge using the mold.  

You will need to wear the bridge for several weeks until it is attached to the teeth. After that, you can wear the bridge permanently.

How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?  

Dental bridges are very durable. Sometimes they can last a lifetime if you take good care of them. Although we cannot be exact with the lifespan of your dental bridge, we assure you that it is built to last a long time, approximately 15 years.  

Is the Process Painful and Difficult?  

No, it is not painful and takes only a few minutes. Your dentist will numb your gums with a local anesthetic, place the new teeth in their proper position, and attach the bridge to its adjacent teeth. You will only feel some pressure and slight soreness. Then, they will give you some oral hygiene instructions, and you will be on your way.  

How Many Teeth Can a Dental Bridge Replace?  

A dental bridge can replace as many as five missing teeth. If you have multiple missing teeth, it may be best to talk to your dentist about other options. You can get a dental implant, dental crown, or denture to achieve the look you are after. These options may be more affordable or more practical in the long term.  

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Do You Want to Get Dental Bridges in Issaquah?  

We have a wide variety of dental bridges available at APEX Dental Care. We can help you determine the best option for your oral health. Contact us today to learn more!

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