After losing a permanent tooth, many patients put off seeking a tooth replacement. They’re wary of dentures and the horror stories they’ve heard about removable restorations. In reality, there’s no reason to wait; in fact, the more time you spend with a missing tooth, the more substantial health problems may arise. Filling that gap in your smile will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, shifting bite, and bone loss. And with a dental bridge, filling that gap is simple.
Simple, Permanent Dental Restorations
Replacing missing teeth doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or unwieldy. Modern day restorations will restore tooth structures without forcing you to deal with the inconvenience of removable dentures. A dental bridge consists of two crowns on either side of a pontic, or a false tooth. These crowns fit over teeth on either side of the gap, to place the pontic firmly against your gums. A bridge is typically a fixed restoration, meaning it is permanently bonded to your teeth. You won’t feel like you’re struggling with a replacement tooth; it will simply feel like a natural part of your mouth.
Dental Bridges and Dental Implants
Implants can play a supporting role for dental bridges, just as they do for other restorations. If you’re missing several adjacent teeth, implants are particularly helpful. Without that additional support, a bridge may not be possible. Implant-supported bridges also replace teeth without drawing on the strength of neighboring structures. This helps your other teeth stay healthy.
If you’re curious as to whether you’re a dental implant candidate, simply schedule a consultation for an evaluation and discussion with Dr. Asbury.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Like other porcelain dental restorations, your bridge will not require extra-special care. Simply brush and floss your bridge as you do your natural teeth. With good oral hygiene, you will see your bridge remaining with you for many years to come. Your smile and your oral health will thank you for replacing that missing tooth!
To learn more about dental bridges and whether one is right for you, simply call our office!