A dental bridge is an excellent, attractive, cosmetic way to cover gaps created by missing teeth. Your bridge will blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and be a permanent, fixed structure in the mouth. As well as closing gaps, a bridge can improve upon the appearance of the tooth that’s been lost, even the teeth on either side. Because the bridge is a fixed, permanent option, chewing and eating all kinds of food is not a problem, and your bridge can be cared for in much the same way as natural teeth.
In order for the bridge to be anchored firmly, the teeth on either side must be filed down to accommodate dental cement required to hold it in place. This means sacrificing the appearance of healthy teeth (the tooth’s roots are not affected) in order to achieve a flawless sequence of new teeth. Natural teeth and implants, secured into the jawline are cleaned in the usual way with brushing and flossing, however because a bridge is supported by teeth on either side, extra cleaning is required to reach parts which need cleaning around the gum. This is not a major problem, though can in some cases lead to a build-up of plaque or tartar occurring in hard-to-reach places. Your White Plains dentist will be able to assess if you are likely to experience difficulty maintaining a dental bridge.
When cared for correctly, dental bridges can last decades. Patients who don’t smoke, and follow recommended cleaning and oral hygiene practices will see the longest lifespan of their bridge. Your dentist will assess your bridge like any other part of your oral exam, during routine check-ups, and advise of any changes indicating treatment or upkeep may be required. A dental bridge is a vastly superior option to a removable partial denture for covering a missing tooth, though its benefits do not meet those of dental bridge, which supports and maintains facial and jawbone, as well as providing a visually pleasing replacement for a lost tooth. A dental bridge will not preserve the integrity of the jawbone in the way an implant can, and therefore must be monitored to track bone shrinkage.
This is unlikely, though not impossible, especially if you experience a knock or other trauma. It’s also possible to weaken your bridge through grinding teeth over time, both during the day and a night. Losing a tooth is an unsettling occurrence, though fortunately it’s usually easily fixed. Never attempt to use domestic or non-surgical adhesives, as this is unlikely to reattach your bridge, instead causing damage to the bridge and potentially creating problems for gum tissue. Using unsuitable substances on your dental bridge is likely to create problems requiring it to be replaced, instead of simply reattached. If your bridge falls out, call your White Plains dentist at once. If you are away from home, seek advice from a pharmacist for over-the-counter solutions, which will provide a temporary solution until you can get to your White Plains dentists’ office.
The next step is to make an appointment with your dentist and discuss the suitability for a dental bridge.
Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Our team at Santa Monica Dentists is committed to being there for you when you need our help. Simply give us a call to notify us of your emergency. We always do our best to provide same-day care to the most urgent cases. If we can’t see you immediately, we will be happy to offer tips for managing your emergency until then.
The next step is to make an appointment with one of our dentists to discuss the suitability of a dental bridge.