If you have missing teeth, you may have considered getting dental bridges. Dental bridges are artificial teeth that replace your missing teeth. A “false” tooth (pontic) lies between two of your remaining teeth (abutment teeth). In fact, these devices “bridge” the gap between your missing teeth. A dental crown fills the open space between your teeth.
When choosing a dental replacement option, it is important to gather information. Here are some common questions about dental bridges.
What Is the Process?
In your first session with your dentist, they will prepare your teeth to get a dental bridge. The first step is to shape the abutment teeth to receive the bridge. This means your dentist will remove part of the enamel. While taking away from your existing teeth may seem strange, this step helps ensure a proper fit.
Once your dentist has shaped your teeth, they will create an impression of your teeth and gap. They will use this to build your dental bridge. Before you go, they will place a temporary bridge on your teeth to protect the exposed inner teeth.
After a couple of weeks, your brand-new dental bridge will be ready for you. If the fit is secure, your dentist will finally install your dental bridge. Then, your dentist will cement the bridge into place to keep it from moving.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
When you lose a tooth, you need a replacement. Otherwise, your teeth can shift, causing a bad bite. Additionally, you can lose more.
Dental bridges can help restore your smile and provide stability to the rest of your teeth. Unlike dentures, dental bridges stay in place. Therefore, you don’t have issues with eating or speaking.
Can I Get a Dental Bridge for My Front Teeth?
A common question for patients involves the limitations of dental bridges. Can you get a dental bridge if you are missing a front tooth? The answer is yes. You can use a type of bridge called a Maryland dental bridge or a resin-bonded bridge. Unlike other bridges, this bridge uses wings on either side of the bridge for stabilization.
What If I Have a Dental Implant?
If you have a dental implant on one side of your gap, you will still be able to get a dental bridge. However, you may use an implant-supported bridge instead. Rather than using two natural teeth for support, your dentist will cement the bridge to your dental implant.
What Is The Dental Bridge Care Process?
Caring for dental bridges is similar to caring for your natural teeth. You will need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. The dental bridge itself cannot develop tooth decay, but your remaining teeth can. Like your natural teeth, it is sufficient to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Additionally, you will need to floss daily. You will need to use a special type of floss that will allow you to floss underneath the bridge. Unfortunately, plaque and food particles can build under the bridge, causing gum disease.