It is a fact that missing teeth will affect the appearance of your smile and its functionality. Missing teeth can affect how you speak and how you chew food. Your bottom and top teeth are designed to work in tandem, so missing teeth affect this as well and could lead to increased stress on your teeth and jaw. Because of this, finding a suitable tooth replacement option such as a dental bridge is quite crucial to your oral health. At Star Care Dental in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Dr. Hema Nair will work with you in providing a dental bridge that replaces your missing teeth.
When you are missing teeth, there are multiple options for restoring your smile to the brilliant and beautiful look it used to have. Two of the most popular options are dental implants and dental bridges. But what is the difference between the two? Receiving a dental implant requires the surgical insertion of an implant (today’s implants are usually titanium) into the jawbone. Healing is necessary before an artificial tooth can be applied to the implant. This is a more permanent and invasive process that is also more expensive. A dental bridge does not require a surgical procedure. A bridge is a single (or multiple) artificial teeth inserted into the gap in your smile and held in place by abutment teeth on either side of the space.
Once you have your dental bridge put into place, you will not need to alter your daily oral hygiene regimen much. Just as your regular teeth require brushing and flossing, so will your dental bridge. Treating your dental bridge just as you would your regular teeth will help ensure that it will last for years. A dental bridge can be expected to last 10 to 15 years when properly cared for.
Most dental bridges can be expected to need replacing anywhere from 10 to 15 years after being put into place. The better you maintain your oral health, the longer it will last. The crowns that anchor your bridge may need to be replaced sooner, possibly after 7 to 10 years. Although you will need to have your dental bridge replaced eventually, there is no need to worry. Since they are not surgically inserted into your jaw like a dental implant, replacing your bridge should be easy.
Dr. Nair is dedicated to providing her patients with the finest possible care. She earned her dental degree from Temple University School of Dentistry and her general practice residency at St. Joseph Hospital.
She continues to take over 200 hours of continuing education courses annually to offer the best treatment to her patients. According to Mainline magazine, Dr. Nair has continuously been selected as a Top Dentist in her region by her colleagues.
Dr. Nair ensures that her patients' trust is always in the best of hands, regardless of their concerns.