Dental bridges are available at Quality Family Dentistry in Timonium and the surrounding area. If you have missing teeth or are expecting to undergo an extraction, do not wait to address the problem. A dental bridge may not only restore the appearance of the smile but also make daily life more comfortable. Call (410) 705-6015 to schedule an appointment and learn more.
A dental bridge is a partial set of replacement teeth, usually made from porcelain that looks and feels like natural teeth. There are several types of dental bridges, but most connect to the abutting natural teeth to hold them in place. This helps prevent the rotating and shifting that can be brought on by gaps in the mouth left by missing teeth. Bridge work is typically designed to be a permanent addition to the mouth and is not removable. Dental bridges require healthy surrounding teeth or implants to have enough bone support.
With proper care, dental bridges can last for close to ten years. Dentists recommend patients brush and least twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. It is important to floss daily around the teeth and bridge and use an antiseptic mouth rinse. Your dentist may recommend a proxabrush to clean under your bridge. Patients who have bridgework are also advised to avoid tobacco products and hard sticky items like caramel.
To receive a dental bridge, the patient needs to have some remaining natural teeth. In general, dental bridges are appropriate for cases of one or a few missing teeth. If the patient is missing a large portion of the arch, another treatment may be preferable.During a consultation, we can go over possible options and see which one will be most effective for the patient.
Since it can take up to six months for the gum to heal completely, an individual may experience a delay in receiving a dental bridge. Additionally, a bridge may not be an option if there are insufficient bone and tooth matter to support it. Quality Family Dentistry can evaluate whether a patient is a candidate for this treatment. In some cases, a dental bridge may only be part of a treatment plan or smile makeover.
There are four major types of dental bridges. Three of them use different mechanisms to attach to the abutting teeth. The fourth type connects to the jawbone via an implant.
One alternative to a dental bridge is a set of partial dentures. These can replace one or a few teeth similarly. However, unlike dental bridges, the dentures are not permanently placed but are removed for cleaning and sleeping.
Eating and speaking can feel more comfortable with dental bridges than with dentures, as dental bridges are more firmly rooted in place. Furthermore, you must remove dentures to clean them, whereas you can brush dental bridges like natural teeth. However, according to the American Dental Association , cleaning dental bridges may require extra care to ensure the health of the gum beneath the replacement teeth.
Dental bridges can be an effective treatment for missing teeth. Our team recommends this option to patients who are candidates and want to restore the form and function of their mouths. These are a few of the benefits:
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A. According to the Oral Health Foundation, dental bridge patients should continue to care for their teeth as usual. They should brush at least twice a day, floss, and use mouthwash. Take special care to clean thoroughly around the bridge and along the gumline.
A. Do not attempt to adjust a dental bridge at home. The dentist can make modifications to ensure the bridge fits comfortably in the mouth, which may involve changing the shape of the bridge to follow the gum more closely.
A. Depending on the type of bridge, there may be some discomfort. However, anesthesia or sedation is usually involved in such procedures. In any case, any discomfort tends to be easily manageable and short-lived.
A. In most cases, at least two appointments are necessary. The first is a consultation and measurement, and the second is the placement of the bridge. More appointments may be necessary, depending on the need for adjustments.
A. With proper care, a dental bridge should last five to seven years. Some modern bridges last even longer, upwards of 10 years. Good daily hygiene and regular dental visits can help extend the life of a dental bridge.
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