A dental bridge is a fixed dental appliance and is one of the ways that we replace missing teeth. A bridge most often consists of two (or more) crowns that go over anchoring teeth and support the artificial teeth, filling the space of the missing tooth or teeth.
A dental bridge is durable and with proper oral care will last many years. Like most dental restorations, it may need future replacement or need to be re-cemented–even with normal wear.
There are multiple benefits to treat patients with a fixed dental bridge, including:
Maintain facial shape
Restore your smile
Fill the space of missing teeth
Restore chewing and speaking ability
Prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent fixed bridge
We can talk about the pros and cons in person but here are some of things to consider:
Simple procedure. Bridges don’t need surgery, there for minimal recovery.
Faster. It’s much quicker to get dental bridges, whereas the implants process may take several months.
Affordable. Bridges generally cost less than implants and are strong and supportive.
Less aesthetically pleasing. Implants are more natural looking.
Periodic replacement. Bridges need periodic replacement.
Damage adjacent teeth. Adjacent teeth undergo a lot of preparation including the removal of considerable tooth structure.
Little maintenance. One big perk about implants is that they have been documented to last 20 years or more in the presence of excellent oral hygiene.
Natural-like. Implants feel, look, and function like natural teeth.
Protect your jawbone. An open space in a person's mouth where a missing tooth once was puts the jawbone at risk for bone shrinkage. Implants preserve and stimulate natural bone growth, helping to prevent bone loss.
No strain on teeth. Unlike a bridge, an implant uses its own jawbone support without putting a strain on adjacent teeth.
Surgery. Because we attach the implant to the bone, it requires surgery. There are always risks to consider with any kind of surgical procedure.
Time. Getting a tooth implant can't be done in a single visit. Bone heals slowly.
Cost. Dental implants generally cost more.
Getting a bridge usually requires two visits.
The First Visit.
We prepare the two anchoring teeth by removing decay or fractures that may be present to allow for a stable foundation. Then we make a precise impression (mold) that will be used to fabricate the bridge. Finally, we make and place a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is being made.
The Second Visit.
We place the permanent bridge and adjust for a proper fit. Then we cement it in, and you are ready to go.
There is not a lot of maintenance required for a bridge. However, proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will help the longevity of your new permanent bridge.
A dental bridge is durable and with proper oral care will last many years.
Through advanced continuing education classes and programs, Jason Northcutt, DMD is dedicated to bringing the best care to his patients. Dr. Northcutt is a graduate student of Dr. Istvan Urban, Urban Regeneration Institute, member of American Academy of Implant Dentistry, graduate of Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education, member of American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the South Baldwin Dental Study Club. He received his Sedation Certification in 2004 from the University of Alabama Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Jason Northcutt is a lifelong resident of Alabama, and has lived on the gulf coast since 1997 after graduating from University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University (1993) and currently resides on his farm in Silverhill, Alabama.
Most of all, Dr. Northcutt brings kindness and understanding to dental medicine, helping to restore patients' confidence, and helping them to achieve better health and happiness.
Lindsey Taylor, DMD, grew up in Satsuma, Alabama. Formerly Lindsey Sharp, She graduated as Salutatorian from Satsuma High School in 2001. She attended Spring Hill College, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Biology. Dr. Taylor attended The University of Alabama School of Dentistry, earning her dental degree in 2009. Following dental school, Lindsey and her husband moved to Galveston, TX where she completed a medical residency and she began her career as a general dentist.
Dr. Taylor offers a wide variety of general dentistry treatment options and is a member of the American Dental Association, staying up to date with latest changes and updates in dentistry through continuing education courses.
Lindsey is thrilled to be a part of the outstanding team at Robertsdale Dental Care. She enjoys getting to know her patients, and making them feel comfortable throughout their treatment. Her goal is to treat each patient with the same respect, gentleness, and patience that she would her own family and friends.
Our patients love the individual attention and care they receive at Robertsdale Dental Care, and we are confident you will too.
Relief from your dental issue and from the anxiety that often accompanies dental problems is at the heart of Robertsdale Dental Care.
Robertsdale Dental Care understands your issue, including the emotions that can surround dental health. We long to offer kindness and comfort to fellow humans. Regardless of what makes you "you," we welcome you here.
Our hygienists and dental assistant staff have an average of 15 years of experience. Including the doctors, we have a combined 236 years of dental health practice.
We recognize and know that many patients experience dental anxiety. We're here to help. We have multiple sedation options to help make sure your experience is enjoyable, and we always communicate what to expect.
Our dental assistant staff and hygienists have an average of 15 years of experience. Including the doctors, we have a combined 236 years of dental health practice.
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