A Better Solution to Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can negatively impact several aspects of your life. Not only is it damaging to your oral health, but missing teeth can also affect your self-esteem. Dr. Villalobos offers dental bridges as an affordable way to bridge the gap between adjacent missing teeth so you can enjoy all the benefits of a complete smile. Our bridges are customized to match your surrounding teeth so they’ll seamlessly blend into your smile for a flawless finish.
Discover if dental bridges are the right restorative treatment for your unique oral health needs below.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a custom-made restorative treatment used to help bridge the gap from one or more missing teeth. It consists of natural-looking prosthetic teeth called pontics, which serve as the replacement teeth. The pontics rely on your surrounding teeth to support the restoration. The dental bridge permanently restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face.
We also offer an implant-supported bridge. These look and function just like traditional dental bridges. However, the restoration is secured to dental implants for greater stability and durability. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
If you’re thinking of getting dental bridges, there are many benefits, including:
- Customized for you
- Quick placing process
- Restores your missing teeth
- Restores your bite
- Prevents your teeth from shifting
- Enables you to chew and eat properly
- Restores your ability to speak clearly
- Brings back your confidence
The Dental Bridge Process
The process of placing a dental bridge is easy, efficient, and can be completed in two visits to our Jupiter office. During your first visit, Dr. Villalobos will prepare your anchor teeth for crowns and take a detailed impression of your teeth. These impressions will be used to create your customized bridge.
Once your bridge is ready, you’ll return to our office to complete the restoration. Dr. Villalobos will make any necessary final adjustments to ensure a proper fit before cementing the bridge in place. Once it’s secure, you’ll be ready to enjoy all the benefits of your beautiful smile.
Who Is a Dental Bridge Candidate?
There are several factors that need to be mentioned to Dr. Villalobos during your consultation to ensure you’ll qualify for dental bridge treatment. To qualify for dental bridges, an ideal candidate should have:
- One or more missing teeth
- Strong and healthy teeth
- Strong root canals
- Healthy gums
- Proper jawbone density
Frequently Asked Questions
No, dental bridges aren’t permanent. They typically last between five to 15 years, sometimes longer. It’s strongly recommended you follow a regular oral hygiene routine and schedule regular checkups with Dr. Villalobos. This is to ensure the longevity of your restoration.
To increase the lifespan of your dental bridge, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines, including:
- Avoid hard or chewy foods that may place stress on the restoration
- Use a fluoride rinse and toothpaste
- Refrain from consuming starchy or sugary foods that cause decay
- Remember to floss between your teeth and gums
The cost of a dental bridge restoration will vary depending on your specific treatment plan. Insurance will typically cover a portion of the expenses. We suggest checking with your provider for specific details on your coverage.
For an accurate estimate, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Villalobos by calling (561) 744-0677. During the consultation, he’ll examine your oral health, determine the best treatment plan, and provide you with an exact estimate.
The best option for you depends on your oral health needs and your unique situation. Dental bridges and dental implants are both solutions to replace missing teeth. However, the procedures, cost, and durability are what make them so different. While a dental implant can last a lifetime, it requires two surgeries over the course of six months to be permanently affixed to your jaw bone.
The cost of a dental implant is determined on a case-by-case basis depending on your needs and the details of the surgery. Dental bridges are a more affordable option to replace missing teeth, however, the cost depends on the number of teeth being replaced. A complete restoration consists of two appointments over the course of two weeks.
Unlike dental implant surgery, there is virtually no recovery time for bridges, so you can begin enjoying the benefits of a complete smile right away. If you’re interested in replacing gaps in your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Villalobos by calling (561) 744-0677. During the consultation, he’ll examine your oral health and discuss your treatment options so you can make an informed decision
Complete Your Smile With Dr. Villalobos
If you have adjacent missing teeth, a dental bridge is a stable solution that you can count on. A bridge can fill the gaps between your teeth and transform your smile back to its original beauty. Call our Jupiter practice at (561) 744-0677 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Villalobos.