At Dental Partners of Boston, we strive to do everything that we can to ensure that our patients can keep their own natural teeth healthy and beautiful. However, accidents can happen that result in a tooth being lost or severely damaged. When this occurs, we recommend the use of a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth or restore a severely damaged one.
If missing teeth aren't replaced, they can create a whole new host of dental problems. Dental bridges keep your teeth in line, and your smile whole. Where gaps are allowed to form due to the loss of a tooth, this can bring about infections. Where food and plaque bacteria are allowed to build up in the gaps, you stand a higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. The teeth that remain around the gap may also start to lean over, or move into the space left by the missing tooth.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap between teeth. Having a dental bridge involves replacing a missing tooth with a new, false tooth. This replacement tooth is bonded to the teeth on both sides of the gap. Ordinarily, a traditional dental bridge is made up of a filler tooth that has been attached to two nearby dental crowns. A cantilever bridge is used if there are adjacent teeth to only one side of the missing tooth.
Dental bridges can address oral health issues as well as the aesthetics of your smile. Dental bridges provide a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth. Having a dental bridge fitted offers a non-surgical solution to the issue of missing teeth. It provides an alternative treatment to having dental implants installed.
Here is a short list of the benefits of getting a dental bridge:
At Dental Partners of Boston, we also offer other methods of placing missing teeth. Exploring all of your available options is important. Before electing to have any work carried out, speak with your dentist, and ensure you understand all of the options.
The other options that may be available to you include:
Dental bridges offer a fixed and permanent solution, so you will not need to replace or remove your dental bridge as you would have to with dentures.
Having dental bridges fitted involves having a custom made tooth and crowns applied to your teeth. There is no surgery involved, and having dental bridges fitted offers a less invasive option to the problem of missing teeth than having dental implants installed.
By making an appointment with your Boston dentist, they will be able to assess your specific dental needs. From this assessment, they will be able to advise you on the options for which you are a suitable candidate.
First, the supporting teeth for the dental bridge have to be prepared by removing part of the supporting teeth's enamel to make space for the dental bridge. Then, impressions are taken of your teeth. These impressions are made using a plaster mold of your teeth and gums. This impression will act as the model for the dental bridge. Having these impressions taken will mean that your bridge will be able to fit your mouth in the most effective manner. Before the dental bridge is made, your dentist will ensure that the color of the bridge is a good match to your existing teeth. After the dental bridge has been created, the dentist will check and adjust the bridge to make sure it fits comfortably before cementing it into your mouth. In some cases, the bridge might be temporarily cemented to see how it fits for a few weeks before it is permanently fixed in place.
Once your dental bridge has been fitted, it may take a couple of days to adjust to the change in your mouth. There may be a small amount of soreness in the gums, and you might experience an element of sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks. Having a new tooth where there was once a gap can also take some getting used to. All of these things should pass within a day or two.
Once your bridge has permanently fixed into place, you will not be able to remove them. To keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay and gum disease, you should ensure that you clean under the gap of your bridge using dental floss or interdental brushes.
Your dentist at Dental Partners of Boston will be able to provide you with all the advice that you require on taking good care of your dental bridges to ensure they last for many years to come.
If you think you may need a dental bridge, please make an appointment today with Dental Partners of Boston. Our professional dental team will be able to determine if a dental bridge is necessary and answer any questions you may have. Dental Partners of Boston is devoted to bringing our patients the best dental care possible.