What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge literally bridges and fills the gap between teeth. Having a dental bridge involves replacing a missing tooth with a new, prosthetic tooth. This replacement tooth is bonded to the teeth on both sides of the gap.
A traditional dental bridge is made of a filler tooth attached to two nearby dental crowns. Your dentist may use a cantilever bridge if there is only one healthy adjacent tooth to secure the bridge.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we do everything that we can to ensure that our patients keep their natural teeth healthy and beautiful. However, accidents happen that result in tooth loss or teeth being severely damaged. When this occurs, you may need a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth or teeth.
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What Happens If I Don’t Replace A Missing Tooth?
If missing teeth aren’t replaced, they can create a host of dental problems. Unfilled gaps from a lost tooth eventually result in your other teeth shifting out of alignment. When this happens, it may become difficult to clean your teeth properly and bacteria can grow in hard-to-reach areas. This can result in tooth decay which may lead to additional tooth loss. Dental bridges keep your teeth in line and your smile whole.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges can address oral health issues as well as the aesthetics of your smile. They provide a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth. A dental bridge offers a non-surgical solution to the issue of missing teeth. It provides an alternative treatment to dental implants.
Here is a short list of the benefits of getting a dental bridge:
- Restores the beauty of your smile.
- Prevents your remaining teeth from drifting out of line. Drifting teeth can result in serious dental problems like periodontal disease.
- Helps reduce infections stemming from oral hygiene issues associated with the gap between teeth.
- Help to protect the integrity of your existing teeth.
- Restore the ability to properly speak and chew.
What Are The Alternatives?
At Dental Partners of Boston, we also offer other methods of replacing missing teeth. Exploring all of your options is important. Speak with your DPB dentist to ensure you understand what’s best for you.
The other options that may be available include:
- Full or partial dentures. These are removable metal or plastic frameworks that hold false teeth in place.
- Dental implants consist of a screw-like titanium implant fixed directly into your jawbone that acts like the root of a tooth. The implant is topped with a porcelain crown that perfectly matches the rest of your teeth.
Dental bridges offer a fixed and permanent solution. You will not need to replace or remove it as you would with dentures. A dental bridge is a less invasive option for the problem of missing teeth than having dental implants.
By scheduling an appointment with your Dental Partners of Boston dentist, together you will be able to assess your specific needs.
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How Is The Dental Bridge Procedure Performed?
First, the supporting teeth for the dental bridge are prepared. This is done by removing part of the supporting teeth’s enamel to make space for the dental bridge. Then, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and gums using a plaster mold. This impression is the model for the dental bridge. Before it is made, your dentist matches the color of the bridge to your existing teeth.
After creating the dental bridge, the dentist adjusts it to fit comfortably before securing it to the supporting teeth. 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.
How To Care for Your Dental Bridge
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 some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. These things should pass within a day or two.
Once your bridge is permanently fixed into place, you will not be able to remove them. To keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay and gum disease, be sure to clean under your bridge using dental floss or interdental brushes.
Your dentist at Dental Partners of Boston will provide you with all the advice you need on taking good care of your dental bridges.
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If you think you may need a dental bridge, please schedule an appointment today with Dental Partners of Boston. Our professional dental team will determine if a dental bridge is necessary and answer any questions. Dental Partners of Boston is devoted to bringing our patients the best dental care possible.