Restoring Smiles with Dental Bridges: A Solution for Missing Teeth

Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic issue; they can significantly impact oral health and overall well-being. Dental bridges are common restoration options that could help improve your smile and bite after tooth loss. At the office of Dr. John Gotwalt, D.D.S., in Lititz, PA, we understand the importance of effectively addressing tooth loss to restore both function and aesthetics.

Dental bridges are common restoration options that could help improve your smile and bite after tooth loss.

Common Causes Leading to Tooth Loss

Tooth decay and trauma are prevalent causes of tooth loss among patients. These issues necessitate solutions that could replace missing teeth and prevent further oral health complications.

Dental Bridges as a Preferred Solution

Dental bridges often offer a reliable solution for filling gaps caused by missing teeth. They consist mainly of traditional bridges supported by natural teeth on either side of the gap or implant-supported bridges that use dental implants on either side for support. A traditional bridge is more common for patients with only one or two missing teeth, while an implant-supported bridge is often recommended for multiple missing teeth.

The Advantages of Opting for Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are more than just restorative options; they could rejuvenate your smile while improving functionality.

  • Functional Restoration: They typically help distribute bite forces evenly by replacing missing teeth, thus enhancing chewing efficiency.
  • Aesthetic Improvement: Crafted from high-quality materials that mimic natural tooth appearance, dental bridges could enhance visual appeal confidently.

The Dental Bridge Procedure at Dr. Gotwalt’s Clinic

The process begins with preparing the abutment teeth, where crowns will be placed to support the bridge. Impressions are taken to ensure a custom fit tailored specifically for your mouth structure. Once created, the bridge is cemented, reinforcing its permanence and stability within your dental framework.

Note: Proper brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups remain pivotal post-procedure. The longevity assurance this offers extends beyond simple wear and tear considerations, aiming much higher toward extended preservation impacts. 

Aftercare Instructions Following Placement

Upon placement, a few care tips help guarantee bridge durability. These include:

  • Avoid sticky foods such as caramel, which might pull on or dislodge new structures during the initial phases after treatment.
  • Consistent hygiene practices keep surrounding tissues healthy, ensuring lasting results.

Address Potential Complications Early

Dental complications arising from missing teeth are common. Prompt recognition plus timely intervention preempt exacerbations allow us to manage them efficiently should they arise.

Cost Considerations 

Investment in a dental bridge varies based on insurance coverage and case specifics. But even then, it proves cost-effective compared to potential expenses emerging untreated conditions typically leading to costly procedures down the line. 

In conclusion, don’t let missing teeth prevent you from enjoying vibrant, lively interactions anymore. Call our office today at 717-627-6980 to schedule a consultation and see if a dental bridge is right for you.


Drs. Sara & John Gotwalt
Lititz, PA Dentist
2320 Rothsville Road, Suite 300
Lititz, PA 17543

New Patients 717-627-6980


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