Dental bridges are meant to close the gaps in your mouth, replacing your missing teeth and holding the remaining ones in place. A dental bridge enables you to chew and talk without problems, while also preventing the loss of your remaining teeth by not allowing them to migrate towards the empty spaces.
Your Canandaigua Dental practice offers a wide array of handcrafted dental bridges, from the least expensive solutions to the most advanced zirconium bridges manufactured with the help of 3D technology. You should seek advice from your dentist in regards to the best bridge options for you. Next, our professional team at your Canandaigua Dental practice will see you through step by step to the final stage of the treatment.
What Is A Bridge?
A bridge is a replacement for one or several teeth that fill the remaining gap and holds the two adjacent teeth in place. The bridge enables you to bite and chew, and it helps you maintain the natural shape of your face.
Before you get your bridge, the dentist would usually want to inform you on the main steps of this treatment, so that you know what you can expect at each stage. He or she is also going to assess your situation and recommend you the most appropriate type of bridge.
Why Do I Need A Bridge?
A missing tooth is a serious problem you shouldn’t ignore. Your teeth are made to work together as a whole. When you lose one, the adjacent ones will tend to migrate towards the gap created by this incident. The opposing tooth is going to shift up or down, affecting your bite and putting a lot of strain on your jaw joints and on your other teeth. Teeth that have drifted are more difficult to clean, so maintaining a good oral hygiene is going to be more challenging. This may lead to tooth decay and gum disease. A missing tooth will determine the bone to shrink. This is going to affect the way your jawbone supports your lips and your checks, so you may soon see your face appearing much older.
How Shall I Replace A Missing Tooth?
Placing a bridge requires multiple dental visits. Initially, your dentist is going to prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap for receiving the bridge. Later on, he or she is going to attach the bridge on them and fix it into place. Your dentist will take the mold or an image of your teeth, and send it to the dental laboratory, where the technicians are going to make the bridge. As this may take several days, your dentist is going to place a temporary bridge in your mouth, so that you can maintain a normal appearance until your permanent bridge is ready.
Lastly, the dentist adjusts and cements your permanent bridge to the previously prepared teeth. This treatment is a permanent one, so you won’t be able to remove it without the help of a dentist.
What About Implants?
When several teeth are missing, you may need dental implants to support the bridge. Implants are posts that get inserted into the jawbone. They are made from a special material that fuses to the bone, creating a very strong bond.
The biggest advantage of implants is that they don’t need support from your other teeth, as they are standalone treatments. In order to qualify for receiving dental implants, you should be in good health and have enough bone to support the implant.
This is why patients suffering from severe gum disease may have to undergo bone addition surgery before becoming eligible for dental implants. Implants may be placed in one day or may require multiple visits to your dentist’s office.
What Is A Bridge Made From?
Bridges are made from metal, ceramic or a mix of these two materials. Your dentist will explain you everything you need to know about this.
How To Care For Your Bridge
When the jawbone is affected by periodontitis, bridges can fail. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss or use interdental brushes once a day. Always make sure you clean under the bridge as well.