Dental Bridges | Port St. Lucie FL
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth.
Tooth loss does not necessarily have to occur as you age. But if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges) or they can be removable (removable bridge).
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it is difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
Why do I need a bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
Missing teeth can cause speech disorders because they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
How is a bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Drs. Squier or Goebel will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Because the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either a precious or non-precious metal.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Treasure Coast Dental
Patient Review by Barbara S
Excellent, meticulous, caring and at all times professional and efficient! Recommend without reservation!
- Barbara S
Patient Review by Daniel N
Dr. Squirs and her staff are super professional, while still makeing you feel right at home. The professional team work is amazing, it would seem that the Dental Asst knows and have the next instrument ready for Dr. Squirs before even before being asked. It's like a finely tune symphany. When I was given a shot of novacane I never even felt it. Dr Squirs and her staff treat you like family and care about you. From the time you walk in and are cheerfully greeted by Shirley. to settleing in the chair, Amanda and Sarah are looking after your every want and need. I personally have never experience a more pleasent experience in a dentist office. I Cannot give enough kodos to Dr. Squirs and her staff.
- Daniel N
Patient Review by John and OLive S
We have never had such an explicit and thorough explanation Of the dental issues and the recommended procedures to address them . When we finally left this initial appointment we had a detailed picture of what would be involved including discomfort levels. Dr Squier carefully explained both verbally and through concrete demonstration the procedure that she felt was most suitable for a patient of 85 years of age in a practical and straightforward context.
- John and OLive S
Patient Review by Susan V
I have never been more pleased with dental visits or dental office as I am with Dr. Squire. Her staff and herself are amazing people with very caring personas. Dental treatment at its best!!
- Susan V
Patient Review by William J
Very friendly environment
- William J
Patient Review by Margareth G
Very impressed! The entire staff is very professional and warm and helpful. This was the best dental experience I have ever experienced! My comfort was constantly addressed. Dr. Squire's expertise, skill's, and professionalism has yet to be surpassed!!
- Margareth G
Patient Review by Dorene C
Excellent care and pleasant procedure! Thank you for the special and speedy treatment.
- Dorene C
Patient Review by Robert P
The VA dental referred me to Dr. Squier as they would have taken up to a yr to complete the work. Thankful that they did, as she was great. The whole process took only 3 visits, the bridge looks great
- Robert P
Patient Review by Deena C
Would recommend this office for anyone that needs dental work.
- Deena C
Patient Review by Bill R
I love all of you ! Your service is outstanding and your work is perfect !!!
- Bill R
Patient Review by paul d
The process as managed by Dr Squire is expert and proficient. It is also a collaborative one which considers the needs and desires of the patient. This, in my case, resulted in a product/outcome that exceeded my expectations.
- paul d
Patient Review by John C
The office is staffed with professional employees who keep the office and treatment rooms clean and organized.The assistants are friendly and are up to date in the latest dental procedures.The Dentist Dr Squirer, seems to be a perfectionist ,can give an injection with very little pain and can hold a pretty note while singing along with her cd playing in the background.
- John C
Patient Review by Sylvia L
I need a new bridge and Dr. Squier explained what could be done and made me feel that my satisfaction was a priority. Of course, a cleaning was indicated and Cindy is a master dental hygienist, gentle, thorough and definitely the one I want next time. I will trust Dr. Squier and Shirley, Lorraine, Amanda and, of course, Cindy to help me be able to eat in comfort again.
- Sylvia L
Patient Review by John D
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Patient Review by Linda D
The staff and doctor works with you to provide the best service and outcome.
- Linda D
Patient Review by Michele Santangelo S
If you want a dentist/prosthodontics see Dr. Rachel Squier. She is amazing. She explains everything she will do and puts your mind at ease. The staff are the best. All of them are kind and caring. I have been to many, many dentist through out my life and never felt so comfortable till I started going to Dr. Squier. Plus her work is top shelf. I would highly recommend checking them out if you want the best. Sincerely, Shelly Santangelo
- Michele Santangelo S
Patient Review by Melanie C
Dr Squier and her staff are excellent. I had a bridge fall out the day before Thanksgiving and Dr Squier brought me in immediately and fixed the problem. I am so grateful for the quick and reliable care. I highly recommend this Dentist as they do the right thing and do not try to up sell you on services that you do not need. Thank You Dr. Squier and staff.
- Melanie C
Patient Review by Charles T
Very professional. Was very good at putting me at ease and explaining the work to be done.
- Charles T
Patient Review by Dixie A H
Wonderful experience. I was actually "listened to" by staff and Dr.
- Dixie A H
Patient Review by Michele S
Great place. Wonderful staff and Dr Squier is great. Takes plenty of time to explain everything she is doing.
- Michele S