Having great teeth means more than just a beautiful smile. Teeth give you structure, alignment, chewing ability and proper speech. When your teeth are in sync, all these things feel comfortable and happen naturally. However, when there is tooth loss for any reason, it can lead to a range of problems. Thankfully, there are options to help fix areas of tooth loss and keep your mouth properly functioning, and the team at Higson Dental Group will be happy to help you find the best solution.
Dental Bridge Options: Fixed and Removable
Dental bridges are used when more than one tooth has been lost. The bridge can be either permanent or removable, and attaches artificial teeth to the existing adjacent teeth, which are also called abutment teeth.
Fixed bridges are permanently attached to the abutment teeth either with crowns or through bonding, while removable bridges use metal clasps or precision attachments to fasten to the existing teeth, and can be taken out of your mouth at any time. With any kind of tooth loss, daily functions such as eating and speaking can be challenging. You can also feel self conscious about the look of your smile when there are unnatural gaps. Replacing missing teeth with bridges will help with day-to-day functionality, overall health and self-confidence.
Why Do I Need a Bridge?
When your mouth is missing teeth, many things can occur. Tooth loss in the front of your mouth is noticeable in every day interactions and can impair speech and chewing. Missing back teeth can cause your other teeth to collapse inwards making you appear much older in age. Bridges are designed to fill in the gap and support the natural structure of your mouth.
Another issue is that absent teeth leaves your gums exposed, making them more susceptible to harmful gum disorders and periodontal disease. Bridges can help protect the gums.
How is a Bridge Attached?
During the initial visit, we will prepare the surrounding teeth by removing some of the enamel and dentin. We then take an impression of your teeth to ensure that a precise model is constructed for your mouth. Once your fixed bridge is ready, it will be cemented to the abutment teeth and false replacement teeth called pontics will fill the space where the lost teeth were.
What Materials are Used?
There are various materials used in the construction of bridges: gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain or a combination of each. When porcelain is used, we’ll usually bond it to either precious or non-precious metal.
How Do I Take Care of My Bridge?
As with your natural teeth, daily brushing and flossing is very important. Not only will it help maintain the dental work, it will also keep the surrounding teeth healthy as they play a vital role in holding the bridge in place. During your treatment our knowledgeable team at Higson Dental Group will provide useful tips for efficient homecare.