Dental Bridges In Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Dental Bridges in
Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

Dental bridges look and feel natural, last for years, and never shift or move in your mouth, making them a great option for replacing missing teeth in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

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A Real Patient's Dental Implant Story

This patient presented with failed root canals and a jawbone infection, necessitating the extraction of both front teeth. To preserve as much of her upper jawbone as possible, we performed bone grafts after extracting the teeth. Once she had fully healed, we utilized CAD/CAM software to meticulously plan her implant surgery on the computer. What we had anticipated to be a two-hour procedure was accomplished in just ten minutes, thanks to our advanced planning and precise execution. Following the implant placement, she underwent another healing period before we crafted custom crowns that seamlessly matched the shade and shape of her adjacent natural teeth. The patient expressed great satisfaction with the final outcome, as the implant-supported crowns appeared even more lifelike and natural than her original front teeth. Our team's expertise and commitment to utilizing the latest technologies ensured a successful and aesthetically pleasing result.

What Is A Dental Bridge & When Is It Necessary?

A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns that have one or more false teeth (pontics) suspended in the middle of them. The two dental crowns attach to healthy “abutment teeth” that are located on either side of the gap in your smile.

Then, the false tooth or teeth “bridge” the gap in your smile, restoring your bite and your appearance. If you’ve lost a tooth or a row of two or more adjacent teeth, a dental bridge may be just what you need to restore your smile. Contact our dentist in Palm Beach Gardens today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alex Gaeta, and learn more about your options for replacing missing teeth.

Dental Bridges In Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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Dental bridges can be used to replace up to 3 consecutive missing teeth.

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The Benefits Of Dental Bridges

Strong and stable

Dental bridges are securely anchored to two healthy teeth, which means they're strong and stable, and will not shift or move when you eat, bite, or speak.

Looks completely natural

At Intercoastal Dental, we use lab-made bridges built from tooth-like porcelain, and your new bridge will fit perfectly into your existing smile.

Prevents teeth shifting

Since bridges fill the gap where your missing tooth used to be, they prevent teeth shifting, which is a common complication after tooth loss.

The Dental Bridge Process

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Tooth prep

To begin the process, Dr. Gaeta will clean and numb your mouth. Then, he will remove a thin layer of enamel from the abutment teeth, which are the teeth that the bridge will be anchored to.

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Bridge fitting

Next, Dr. Gaeta will take images and impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental lab. This is where your bridge will be created by an experienced lab technician. You’ll be sent home with a temporary bridge to protect your smile.

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Building your bridge

One of our lab partners will build a dental bridge from durable porcelain materials. Your bridge will look and feel just like a natural part of your mouth, and provide you with a seamless restoration. It may take several weeks to have your bridge built and sent back to our office.

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Final placement

At your final appointment, Dr. Gaeta will remove your temporary bridge. Then, he will check the fit of your porcelain bridge and bond it in place permanently with dental cement. Finally, he’ll give you some instructions on how to care for your new smile and send you home.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of a dental bridge varies depending on the number of teeth being replaced, the materials used, and the complexity of the placement. It's best to discuss the cost with your dentist, as insurance coverage can also influence the out-of-pocket expense.

Alternatives to dental bridges include dental implants and removable partial dentures. Each option has its own advantages and suitability depending on the patient's oral health, preference, and budget.

While dental bridges are an effective solution for replacing missing teeth, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. First, to place a traditional dental bridge, the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap need to be filed down to support the bridge. This means that healthy teeth must be altered, which some patients may see as a disadvantage. 

Secondly, unlike dental implants, bridges do not stimulate the jawbone, which could lead to bone loss over time. Lastly, the lifespan of a dental bridge, while considerable, is not as long as that of dental implants. However, with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a dental bridge can serve as a functional and aesthetic solution for many years. Dr. Alex Gaeta and his team at Intercoastal Dental will discuss all your options and help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs and circumstances.

The process of getting a dental bridge should not cause you any pain. Dr. Alex Gaeta and his team at Intercoastal Dental are highly skilled and experienced in performing dental bridge procedures. They will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area before starting the procedure, so you won't feel any pain during the treatment. 

After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity, which is completely normal and temporary. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to manage any post-procedure discomfort. However, if the pain persists, it is important to contact Intercoastal Dental immediately.

Dental bridges are a lasting solution to the problem of missing teeth, but just like any dental restoration, they may require replacements or need repairs over time. Typically, dental bridges can last anywhere between 5 to 15 years, or even longer. The lifespan of a dental bridge largely depends on your oral hygiene practices and dietary habits. 

Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups at Intercoastal Dental can help maintain the health of your teeth and gums, thereby extending the life of your dental bridge. It is also important to avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage the bridge.

Yes. Just like natural teeth, your bridge may eventually wear out and require repair or replacement. Dental bridges have a typical lifespan of 5-7 years, but can last 10+ years with proper care. Take good care of your new bridge, and it will take good care of you!

Yes. Dental bridges are permanent and are not removable, unlike partial dentures. This makes them a lot more stable and durable, and also helps your new teeth look and feel more natural. Your bridge can only be removed by a dentist like Dr. Gaeta.

For the most part, you can just treat your bridges like natural teeth. Brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep your natural teeth healthy, and make sure to see Dr. Gaeta for preventive dentistry and a checkup every six months.

However, you will need to learn how to clean underneath your bridge. There is a small gap where food and other debris can build up. You can use special floss tape or interdental brushes to clean this area. This prevents irritation and infection, and keeps your mouth healthy.

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