Just as there are many ways to lose a tooth, there are also a variety of ways to replace them. One option is a dental bridge. Replacing lost teeth is very important as gaps in your mouth can affect your overall health. If missing teeth are not replaced, you will have issues eating, drinking and speaking. Other teeth lose support so will become misaligned and you will be more susceptible to gum disease. Missing teeth can even change the shape of your face so get on the right track and contact Lupine Dental for dental restoration work.
As the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges the gap” left by a missing tooth. A traditional fixed bridge is an artificial tooth or teeth that is fixed into place with support from the existing teeth on either side. This means that your missing tooth is replaced both aesthetically and functionally which is beneficial for your whole mouth.
There may be some steps necessary prior to fitting a dental bridge, depending on your circumstances:
Any gum disease will need to be treated before a bridge can be fitted. If the gum disease is too advanced, a bridge may not be the best option for tooth replacement.
The supporting teeth will need to be strong enough to hold the bridge. If there’s not enough supportive bone, a bone-graft might be necessary before a bridge can be fitted.
The supporting teeth may also need to have crowns fitted to increase their strength. Sometimes dental implants are used as the supporting teeth instead.
If you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, an impression of your mouth will be taken and a temporary bridge will be put in. When your permanent bridge is ready, it will be checked and adjusted before it’s cemented into place.
With good care and regular dental check-ups, you can expect your dental bridge to last for at least 10-15 years.
Brush and floss daily and schedule regular dental appointments to make sure your appliance stays in good shape. Your Lupine Dental dentist will give you tips on how to look after your bridge but as with all preventive care, good oral hygiene is the best way to protect your smile.
Dental bridges are artificial teeth, held in place by supporting teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots placed in your jaw and then a crown is screwed into them.
Dental bridges are less invasive, quicker to fit and generally more affordable than dental implants.
Dental implants can last longer, maintain their look longer and may not damage surrounding teeth like bridgework can.
If you have any questions about which method of restorative dentistry is right for you, please get in touch with Lupine Dental and we’ll be happy to help.