Sometimes a tooth cannot be saved. This can be due to many reason such as trauma, damage, periodontal disease and more. Even though dedicated dentists try to save the tooth in some cases it just cannot be done. Having a missing tooth can affect you both medically and cosmetically. Missing teeth can cause speech problems and can affect your self-confidence.
You don’t have to live with missing teeth at Painfree Dentistry we offer a variety of tooth replacement options. We want you to be healthy and to be able to eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence. One of the more popular and reliable treatment options is a fixed dental bridge.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge fills the any gaps in smile. A custom-made tooth will be placed into the space where your natural tooth once was. The artificial tooth that will be used are called “pontics”. These act as a replacement tooth and will also stop your other teeth shifting and tilting.
Traditional bridges require some preparation to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A special crow will be placed on each one to act as anchor, these will hold the artificial tooth in place. The crowns are made to match the rest of your tooth so the finished result looks natural.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A bridge will stop your teeth tilting and shifting. This is a great benefit because movement like that can cause problems for your other teeth and can damage your bite. Bridges stabilize the bite so you can comfortably talk and chew.
What to Expect When a Bridge is Being Placed?
At the beginning of the process your surrounding teeth will be reduced so that the bridge fits properly. A mould of your bite will be used to create the bridge. If you have chosen a porcelain bridge it will be color matched to your natural teeth. You may also be fitted with a temporary bridge while the permanent one is being created.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Your dentist will discuss aftercare with you. However here is some care information that you should know.
After the treatment, your teeth will need time to heal. During the healing process, you may feel sensitivity especially if your teeth are exposed to anything hot and cold. You may also feel soreness in the gums around your restorations. This will stop in a few days.
As with any treatment it is very important to maintain your oral health. A bridge can be a challenge to keep clean as food can collect around and under the bridge. Making flossing under your artificial tooth and around the surrounding teeth very important. Your dentist might provide you with special dental floss so you can clean your teeth more thoroughly. As with all your teeth brushing is a necessity. Bad oral hygiene can lead to gum disease and the loss of more teeth.
Is A Bridge Right for Me?
If you have a missing tooth that still has natural teeth surrounding it, a bridge could be for you. You should speak to your dentist about tooth replacement procedures.
If you would like more information on dental bridges, contact Painfree Dentistry today. We are waiting to help start your journey to better dental health today.