Losing a permanent toot is more than just an aesthetic issue; it can be detrimental to your oral health as well. Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to injury or tooth decay, it’s important to have a replacement put into place. A dental bridge is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and ensure your smile stays healthy and brilliant.
There are several different types of dental bridges that can be used to repair your smile. Your dentist will perform an examination and discuss which option will be best for you based upon a number of factors. The most common choice is known as the “traditional bridge,” and is made from naturally-colored porcelain fused to metal, with two crowns to fit over anchoring teeth on either side of the bridge. Porcelain is used due to it’s appearance and durability. While dental bridges may need to be re-cemented or adjusted due to wear and tear, under normal circumstances dental bridges can last for several years.
Having a dental bridge made and installed usually requires two or more office visits. During the first visit, your dentist will make certain that the teeth around the area of the bridge are healthy and strong. A build up agent may be applied to strengthen the anchoring teeth if necessary. If strengthening isn’t needed, your dentist will apply an anesthetic to numb your teeth, and the two anchoring teeth will have a portion of the enamel removed to make room for the crown. Next, a mold of the area where the bridge will be placed is made. This will be used to make a temporary bridge, and then sent off to a dental laboratory where your permanent bridge will be made.
During your second visit, the permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted to ensure proper fit before being cemented. In some cases, your dentist may apply a temporary dental cement in order to allow you time to adjust to the new bridge, applying the permanent cement at a later visit. Once the procedure is complete, you’ll receive important care instructions to ensure your dental health and ensure your bridgework lasts as long as possible.
Your remaining teeth can be seriously affected by having a gap from a missing tooth. Over time, your teeth may shift, moving out of their sockets to fill the space. This can cause discomfort, difficulty chewing and speaking, and an alteration of the way your face, mouth, and lips look. Dental bridges fill the gap and help keep your permanent teeth in place. Dental bridges are also an excellent alternative to a partial denture.
You may be a candidate for a dental bridge if you have one or more missing teeth surrounded by healthy, or easily treatable teeth. Children who do not yet have their permanent teeth and individuals whose gap is surrounded by seriously unhealthy or decaying teeth do not make good candidates for dental bridges, and other treatments will be used instead.
For more information on dental bridges, or to find out if you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge, please call our Dallas dentist at Buckner Family Dental today at (214) 328-3595 to schedule a consultation. Our trained staff has had years of experience working with patients to fill the gaps in their smile and bring back their confidence. Let us help you find the full, confident and open smile you once had today!