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Dental bridges

Missing A Tooth? Bridge The Gap!

Replace Missing Teeth

Permanent smile restoration

One of the biggest benefits of dental bridges is that they are permanent. Unlike a partial bridge, you don’t have to remove your bridge when you sleep or take it out to clean it. Your bridge will be permanently attached to two of your healthy teeth, and it will likely last at least 10-15 years.

Natural look & feel

Bridges take a little while to get used to, but after you’ve received your bridge, you may forget it’s there until it’s time to clean your teeth. Your bridge will never shift or move, and the advanced lab-made, porcelain bridges we use at Vivid Smiles look and feel just like real teeth.

Minimally-invasive treatment

Unlike dental implants, there’s no need for major surgery when you get dental implants. While some enamel must be trimmed from your healthy teeth, this process causes no pain or discomfort, and does not have a lengthy recovery time.

Understanding Dental Bridges

What Are Dental Bridges?

As the name implies, dental bridges are intended to “bridge” a gap where you’ve lost one or more teeth. To do this, they use two dental crowns, which are bonded permanently to two healthy “abutment teeth” on either side of the gap in your smile.

Between these two crowns, one or more false teeth are suspended, replacing the teeth you’ve lost and filling up the space in your smile. With a dental bridge, you can restore your natural smile and the function of your bite, too.

The Dental Bridge Process

It usually takes 2 appointments over a period of several weeks to get bridges. At your first appointment, your abutment teeth will need to be prepared, and you’ll be fitted for your bridge. Dr. Paruchuri or Dr. Sahai will clean and numb your mouth and then trim your two abutment teeth with a dental drill. 

Once the teeth have been trimmed, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send this information to a dental lab. Our partner lab technicians will then make a custom porcelain bridge based on your dental impressions. Before you’re sent home, a temporary bridge or temporary crowns will be attached to your newly-trimmed teeth.

It will take a few weeks for your permanent bridge to be sent to our office. Once it arrives, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Your temporary will be removed, and Dr. Paruchuri or Dr. Sahai will check the fit of the bridge. If everything looks good, it will be permanently bonded to your abutment teeth, completing the procedure.

Are Dental Bridges Right For Me?

This depends on your preferences, your budget, and your oral health. Dental bridges are usually a better option than partial dentures, since they last longer and feel more natural. 

However, unlike dental implants, they do not protect the integrity of your jaw bone, and they require the removal of some enamel from healthy teeth, which may not be preferred by some patients.

The best way to find out if bridges are right for you is to contact Vivid Smiles for a consultation today. Dr. Sahai or Dr. Parachuri can discuss all of your options, and help you decide what method of tooth restoration is right for your own unique situation.

Understanding Dental Crowns

Causes of Tooth Damage

Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are most commonly used to treat a cavity that is too large and extensive to repair with a filling. Crowns can also be used to restore teeth if a previous filling has failed. Crowns are also usually the best way to treat a tooth that has been damaged by an oral injury. A cracked or chipped tooth can be restored with a crown, preventing further damage and complications. If a tooth has been worn down from teeth grinding or an improper bite has lead to premature wear and tear, crowns can cover the damage and prevent further harm. Dental crowns can also sometimes be used for cosmetic purposes and to cover up very small or misshapen teeth.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Prevention and Protection

A dental crown completely covers up your remaining enamel and prevents further damage. Your crown is designed to completely surround your tooth, all the way down to the gumline. This ensures the remaining enamel stays healthy and does not deteriorate any further. In addition, dental crowns can help restore a proper bite. If your tooth is chipped or damaged, your bite may exert additional force on the surrounding teeth. Over time, this can cause premature wear and damage. Dental crowns also help restore the function and aesthetics of your natural smile. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods again, chew normally, and smile without feeling self-conscious about your teeth.

The Dental Crown Process

What to Expect

The process of having a dental crown applied typically takes 2 appointments over 2-3 weeks. During your first appointment, Dr. Paruchuri or Dr. Philip will begin by numbing your mouth, then trimming your tooth to remove damaged enamel, and create a platform upon which your crown can be placed. Then, they will take impressions and images of your teeth, and send them to a dental lab. You’ll get a temporary crown, and be sent home.

The dental lab will then begin creating your crown, which will usually arrive at our office after 2-3 weeks. You’ll come in for a follow-up, and your crown will be checked to make sure it fits properly. Then, it will be bonded into place permanently, completing the procedure.

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