The loss of one or more teeth can be distressing. Dental bridges are often used to restore functionality and aesthetics. The dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that will replace the missing tooth or teeth. Furthermore, bridges will do more than restore functionality and can help to restore the shape of your face, as the loss of teeth can result in the signs of premature aging and potentially sagging.
Each of the teeth in your mouth has a job to do in conjunction with the other teeth in your mouth. Losing one or more teeth can set this system off, impacting your bite. The teeth that surround the empty space can tilt or start to migrate into the empty space. If replacements are not used in a timely manner, it can start to impact your bite.
At HomeTown Dental at Sherman we provide our patients with the restorative solution that best meets the needs of the individual, including dental bridges.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A prosthetic dental appliance, the dental bridge will bridge the gap that is between healthy teeth as the result of lost teeth. A dental bridge will effectively restore the aesthetics and functionality lost when the natural tooth or teeth were lost. The teeth that provide support for the bridge will need to be strong and healthy, in order to tolerate the additional stress that they will be under while supporting the bridge. A dental crown is often used as a way of reinforcing the support teeth so that they can better tolerate the additional pressure that they will experience.
If there are no natural and healthy teeth to provide support for the dental bridge, our dentist may recommend opting for dental implants. The dental implant is a surgically implanted titanium post. Set into the bone of the jaw, the implant becomes a permanent tooth replacement for the prosthetic.
What Are Dental Bridges Made From?
A wide range of materials is used to make dental bridges. This could include certain metals and ceramics, or perhaps a combination of each. The bridge type that is recommended for you will be based upon factors that are unique to your situation. Our dentist will be able to better discuss each of your options with you during your initial consultation.
Setting The Fixed Bridge
Getting your fixed bridge will typically require multiple visits to our dental office. The first appointment will involve preparing the supportive teeth, which could mean preparing them for dental crowns. Impressions will be taken of the gap being bridged and the supportive teeth. This data will be sent to the laboratory that will be making the dental bridge.
A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the prepared teeth while waiting for the permanent bridge to be ready.
Once it is ready for placement, you will return to the office. The dental bridge will be set in place, and any needed adjustments will be made. The dental bridge will then be permanently bonded to the prepared teeth or crowns. We can also do a tooth whitening treatment on existing natural teeth to enhance aesthetics.
Learning To Care For Dental Bridges
For the most part, dental bridges are low maintenance. They do require a little bit of extra care. Be sure to always brush and floss after every meal. Brush the bridge itself, taking care to brush around and under it. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash so that any leftover debris can be rinsed free. This good oral hygiene routine will help to keep the natural teeth in good health, as they can still be at risk for decay.
It is also important to keep up with your regular checkups and professional dental cleanings every six months. If you are missing one or more teeth, make your appointment at HomeTown Dental at Sherman. Call (430) 202-5033 to set an appointment that will match your busy schedule.