Restore Your Smile In Boca Raton
If dental injury or decay has left gaps in your smile, you may find eating, speaking, and socializing to be difficult or even embarrassing. Patients missing large sections of their teeth may benefit from dental bridges.
Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Markowitz, and the team at Great Boca Smiles are proud to serve Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, FL, and surrounding areas with general and cosmetic dentistry. We strive to provide each of our patients with a comfortable experience.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a set of porcelain or ceramic teeth for patients who have had one or more of their teeth removed. Our Boca Raton dentist will create a bridge using the patient’s healthy teeth on either side of one or more teeth that were removed.
Dr. Markowitz uses the latest state-of-the-art 3D imaging scanning to produce an accurate image of your teeth and bone structure. This process eliminates any guesswork and aids in the production of new teeth. There’s no longer any need to take dental impressions since the 3D scanner will capture all the information necessary to produce the bridge.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are many benefits to choosing dental bridges including:
- Reducing or eliminating gaps between teeth
- Discreet replacement for natural teeth
- Bolstering the patient’s ability to chew
- Supporting the shape of the face
- Holding remaining natural teeth in place
The Dental Bridge Process
To begin, Dr. Markowitz will schedule an appointment for the patient to come into the office for an initial consultation. There, he can examine the area where the tooth or teeth are being replaced, as well as the condition of the surrounding teeth that will be used to support the bridge. If there is no healthy tooth to attach the bridge to, our dentist can install a dental implant to act as an anchor in their stead.
At your second visit to our Boca Raton office, Dr. Markowitz will place your dental bridge and make adjustments if necessary. Depending on the conditions of the patient’s teeth and jawbone, the bridge may be mounted temporarily to make sure it’s a perfect fit. Shortly after, it will be made permanent in a follow-up visit.
Following the completion of the dental bridge, the patient will be able to chew more comfortably without a gap in their teeth. Dr. Markowitz recommends eating soft foods, as well as trying not to chew on large pieces of food that require pressing down firmly while your gums and teeth adapt to the dental bridge.
Caring For Your Bridges
Proper dental hygiene is required to maintain the strength of the supporting teeth or implant that supports the bridge. Dr. Markowitz recommends patients maintain a regular schedule of visits to the dentist to both prevent any further damage as well as help with the overall health of the patient’s natural teeth and bone.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my dental bridge last?
Most bridges are designed to last anywhere from five to fifteen years. However, your dental bridge can last upwards of 30 years if you consistently practice proper oral hygiene before the procedure and continue to do so afterward. In addition to brushing and flossing every day, proper oral hygiene includes attending regular dental exams at our Boca Raton, FL office at least once every six months.
Are dental bridges painful?
Receiving a dental bridge is a virtually painless experience. Dr. Markowitz will administer a local anesthetic and make sure it’s working properly before the procedure so you won’t feel any pain.
If you are still nervous about your visit, feel free to talk to us to discuss our sedation dentistry options.
Don’t Wait to Restore Your Teeth
If you’re looking to bring your teeth back to their natural beauty, dental bridges may be for you. Call (561) 221-2045 to set up a consultation, or fill out our contact form. Great Boca Smiles is thrilled to serve the greater Boca Raton area with expert dental care!