What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is used to replace one (or more) missing teeth. A dental bridge is important and beneficial in that it helps you beyond just cosmetically. Dental bridges restore your ability to properly chew and speak. Dental bridges also assist with keeping your jaw joint in the best condition possible by supporting your teeth, gums, and overall placement of everything in your mouth.
5 important facts about dental bridges
- There are different types of bridges, which all serve the purpose of “bridging” the gap for any missing teeth.
- You can get a bridge for one to three consecutive missing teeth.
- Bridges are supported either by crowns placed over surrounding natural teeth or through implants.
- Bridges help keep your other teeth in alignment and distribute the force of your bite properly.
- Flossing a bridge is different than flossing your natural teeth and/or implants.
Why are these facts important?
Different types of bridges include the traditional bridge, cantilever bridge, and the Maryland bonded bridge. The type of bridge you need will vary based on your personal dental condition. Your dentist will be able to determine which type works best for you and explain the differences.
As you are aware now, a dental bridge can fill the space where you have lost one tooth. But were you aware that you can get a dental bridge for one to three missing teeth in a row? If you are missing three teeth adjacently you can get a dental bridge by getting two implants on the other teeth to take place of where your natural teeth would have been utilized as the support.
It is important to know that bridges are supported through surrounding teeth, or implants. If you are missing one tooth and decide to get a dental bridge, your dentist will be utilizing the two surrounding teeth to put crowns on to hold your bridge in place, by reducing and reshaping them. If your other teeth are healthy, you may not want to have any dental procedures done to them. Exploring other options could be a better route for you. Alternatively, if you are missing three teeth in a row, you can get implants on the two outer spots and there is no need to shave down or reshape other teeth.
Dental bridges create support to retain proper alignment, force distribution and assist you on many levels. This is important to avoid further complications or new problems from arising as a result of any possible changes. A bridge helps you lower the risk and possibility of other resulting problems through possible movement and shifting if you do not replace the space between your teeth.
Dental care changes a little bit when you get a dental bridge. Because the bridge is not directly attached to your jawbone like an implant or secured to the gums like dentures, you will have to take some extra care in flossing. Make sure to get special floss that is specific for your bridge, as there is extra space above the tooth that will need extra care in making sure the area is kept clean.
Knowing and understanding your options
Bridging, or at least filling the gap for any missing teeth is really important, for multiple reasons. Gum disease, decay, and tooth loss are something to be concerned about. Getting a dental bridge does not just help you with previous tooth loss but can help prevent and avoid further gum disease and decay. Knowing these facts about dental bridges is beneficial because it is important to understand what your options are and how these changes will affect your oral health. Your dentist will be able to help you create an individualized plan that works best for you.
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