A dental bridge has been a traditional treatment option for tooth replacement and has been significantly improved with the many recent advances in both materials and technology. Dr. Marra may recommend a dental bridge for the replacement of one or more consecutive lost teeth to restore function and improve your oral health.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth (even “just one”) present many problems, beyond the aesthetics of your smile. When a tooth is lost, it can set in motion a cascade of events that eventually lead to complex dental problems and a decreased quality of life as your smile deteriorates. Bone loss in the jaw, shifting of teeth and changes in the fit of the bite can make normal daily activities such as eating and speaking a challenge.
Dental Bridge: What To Expect
If you have one or several consecutive missing teeth, Dr. Marra will evaluate your overall dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals before recommending the most suitable treatment option. He will explain the types of dental bridges available to treat your unique concerns, often recommending a fixed bridge for the most stable and comfortable result.
The dental bridge process will depend on whether your bridge is being supported with adjacent teeth or dental implants. If dental implants are to be placed, Dr. Marra offers full services in his Albany area dentist office.
The process will typically begin with dental impressions to be used in the creation of your custom appliance. Dr. Marra will color match your new dental bridge to your natural smile for a beautiful restoration. If adjacent teeth are to support the bridge, Dr. Marra will recommend placing dental crowns over them to strengthen the teeth and reduce the risk of damage down the road. The teeth will be prepared and dental crowns will be placed at a subsequent visit.
Once ready, Dr. Marra will attach the dental bridge to the anchor teeth or dental implants, permanently securing it for a comfortable result. It is important that your dental bridge fit precisely between remaining teeth to avoid causing teeth to wear unevenly and cause a bite problem.
You can expect your dental bridge to last a lifetime with proper dental care and good oral hygiene. Dr. Marra and his staff will provide personalized advice on how to care for your new dental bridge.
Dental Bridge or Dental Implant?
If you are considered a good candidate for dental implants, Dr. Marra will recommend this option for results that will provide key benefits for long term dental health. When using dental implants to replace a single missing tooth, there is no need to degrade adjacent teeth, maintaining their integrity and reducing the risk of losing them down the road.
A dental implant will require a greater investment of both time and money up front, but in many cases has proven to be cost effective in the long run. Dental implants support healthy bone cell growth and stability in the jaw because the implanted post acts like a tooth root. This avoids jaw shrinkage, a common side effect of tooth loss which can lend a more aged appearance and cause remaining teeth to shift.
Dental implants enable patients to enjoy the best quality of life with normal dietary and speaking habits. Feeling confident in the stability and comfort of your smile is an important part of enjoying overall good health for the long run.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have been suffering with missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Cohoes dentist Dr. Frederick Marra. Highly trained and with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Marra offers personalized care with a goal of helping you restore a healthy and functional smile. Call our office at (518) 650-1930 or request an appointment online.