Maryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN
Ready to stop living with lost teeth? Replace them by “bridging” the gap and receive a beautiful, high-quality dental bridge from your local Knoxville restorative dentist at Cedar Street Family Dentistry.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge can be installed to replace an individual lost tooth or several missing teeth that were located adjacent to one another in the mouth. Once placed, a dental bridge literally fills the gap that marked those lost teeth. The result is that you regain your ability to eat and chew, restore your smile, and help maintain the shape of your face—preventing the “sunken-in” appearance that occurs with many individuals living from tooth loss.
The bridge itself consists of the replacement tooth or teeth, which are called a pontic, and are matched to the shape and color of your other remaining healthy teeth. Each dental bridge has an abutment at either end, allowing the bridge to connect in place to two of your existing teeth or dental implants, where it is bonded to serve as a fixed tooth replacement option.
Why should I choose a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a popular choice for replacing lost teeth for the following reasons:
- Comfort – Partial denture wearers often complain about how their partial may irritate their mouth or gums. Partials also can eventually become loose and ill fitting, whereas a bridge is bonded directly onto your teeth and remains stable.
- Convenience – Unlike partial dentures, a bridge does not have to be removed from the mouth to be cleaned. Instead, just brush your dental bridge the same way you do your other natural, healthy teeth. Also, because a bridge is bonded directly into the mouth, you can continue to eat whatever foods you want—while trying to maintain a balanced diet, which is a cornerstone of good oral health. Learn more about the nutrition counseling services offered at Cedar Street Family Dentistry.
- Cost – While the cost of each individual treatment will vary, the average expense for a dental bridge is low, compared to other tooth replacement options such as dental implants or implant retained dentures. Also, because the average lifespan of a dental bridge is approximately 10 years with little maintenance other than brushing and flossing, it is advantageous to other restorative treatment options that may need to be repaired or replaced more often.
Is a dental bridge right for me?
The success of any dental bridge procedure hinges on how strong your other teeth are, as well as the health of your gums and supporting bone structure. For these reasons, Cedar Street Family Dentistry will not install a bridge in any patient who suffers from gum disease. We can treat the gum disease first and then proceed with a restorative treatment such as a bridge. See how Cedar Street Family Dentistry can stop gum disease in its tracks through a course of repetitive therapy.
Dental Bridges in Maryville
To find out more about bridges or any other restorative treatments offered at Cedar Street Family Dentistry, call our Maryville office today at (865) 233-7640 to schedule a consultation.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry is proud to now serve clients in the areas of Maryville, Alcoa, and Knoxville in East Tennessee.