What is a Dental Bridge?
When you lose a tooth, a dental bridge can help you avoid having an awkward gap between your teeth. Gaps in teeth can leave other teeth vulnerable to decay and becoming loose. It can also be uncomfortable to chew with a gap and it can even change your bite. Not to mention, gaps can be a little unsightly.
A dental bridge will fill the space and create a natural appearance. There are different types of bridges that may work for you.
Traditional dental bridges are the most common type—these are fake teeth that are held in place by dental crowns called abutment. They are cemented on to the surrounding teeth. There are also cantilever bridges, which are similar to traditional bridges. They are also made of fake teeth but are instead supported by an abutment on just one side, unlike traditional bridges that are supported on both sides. Another option is implant-supported bridges. If you are missing more than one tooth, implant-supported bridges may be a good option. These are supported by dental implants (as the name implies).
Getting Dental Bridges
A fitting for dental bridges takes two or more visits. It includes making a mold of any affected teeth and fitting a permanent bridge. A bridge will be cemented to natural teeth after some preparation. Once your bridges have set in and you’ve gotten used to them, you can expect to eat and chew without difficulty. Dental bridges should feel comfortable in your mouth. They may require a little more care than your everyday hygiene practices.
Caring for Dental Bridges
Practicing good dental hygiene will help prolong the life of your bridges. Be sure that you are brushing at least twice a day, preferably with a toothpaste that has fluoride. Flossing once a day is also a good practice. Be sure you floss under and around the false tooth. You should also continue to visit your dentist regularly for semi-annual cleanings.
After suffering from the loss of a tooth, there can be some difficulty chewing or other dental problems. However, dental bridges can help with that. If you care properly for your bridges, you can reduce the risk of tooth decay. Your dentist can also give you some good advice for caring for your bridges. Having your bridge checking in on by your dentist every once in a while, can also be a big help.
If you care for your dental bridges, they can last up to 10 years or even longer. Taking care of your bridges is vital. The number one threat to dental bridges is tooth decay. Food can easily get caught in between teeth and under false teeth. When tooth decay happens, both natural teeth and false teeth are weakened, and bridges fail.
If you are thinking of trying dental bridges, consult with your dentist. At Fort Union Family Dental, we can answer your questions and help you plan a future with dental implants.