What do you do if an accident or injury damages a tooth so badly that it cannot be repaired? What happens if a tooth falls out, or the dentist has to remove it because a root canal or filling is not a viable solution to the problem? Luckily, you do not have to live with an unsightly gap caused by one or more missing teeth. The gap can be filled in with a dental bridge.
A dental bridge consists of a manufactured tooth, held in place by the teeth on both sides of the gap. The false tooth is usually made of porcelain in a shade that exactly matches your natural teeth. Other materials, such as gold, can also be used. Bridges can be fixed, meaning they are permanent, or removable so they can be taken out for cleaning.
Our dental professionals at Oak Dental Care are experts in helping patients select the most appropriate procedure for their dental issues, including dental bridges. They want to see you smile again!
Why a Dental Bridge?
Aside from causing one to be self-conscious when smiling, missing teeth has other effects. Proper chewing, speech, and word pronunciation, and your bite are all affected. In addition, missing teeth can force other healthy teeth out of the correct position and can also change the shape of your face. Replacing missing teeth prevents these issues.
Dental Bridge Types
A traditional bridge is the one with which most people are familiar as it is the most popular type of bridge. It consists of a manufactured tooth (or teeth) anchored in place by crowns placed over the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Traditional bridges are created from porcelain that has been melded with metal or ceramics.
The Maryland dental bridge is also similar to the traditional bridge in that two natural teeth on either side of the gap are necessary. The difference is that, instead of using crowns on the natural teeth, a framework is placed on the back of those teeth, instead. The framework is made of metal, porcelain bonded to metal or plastic. The false teeth are placed on the framework. A Maryland dental bridge is also known as a resin-bonded bridge.
Implant-supported dental bridges utilize dental implants instead of a framework or crowns to hold the dental bridge in place. These are considered the most stable and strongest solution. This method usually requires two surgeries. The first to place the implants and the second to insert the bridge. it can take a few months for the procedure to be finished, but the results are amazing.
Caring for a Dental Bridge
With proper dental care, and depending on the type, a bridge can last from 5 to 15 years. Your bridge needs a solid foundation, so it is important to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Brush twice a day, and floss as directed by your dental professional. Make sure to visit your dental office twice a year for cleaning and to have the bridge checked.
Is it time to restore your smile to what it once was? Just give us a call at (941) 629 - 4400 or visit our office at Oak Dental Care to learn more about which option is best for you.