A dental bridge will hold your other teeth in place and make your everyday activities such as eating and talking much easier. Dental bridges can also help preserve your teeth. A lost tooth can cause the remaining teeth to loosen, which may lead to additional tooth loss.
Somerset Dental Associates (SDA) offer a range of handcrafted dental bridges, from budget-friendly options to state-of-the-art bridges created with 3D technology. Your dentist will recommend the best bridge options for you and SDA will partner with you every step of the way.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. Dental bridges restore your bite and help keep your face a natural shape.
Before you receive a bridge, your dentist wants you to know more about the steps involved. He or she can advise which type of bridge is best for you.
Do I Really Need a Bridge?
Missing teeth are a serious matter. Teeth are made to work together. When one looses a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints, possibly causing pain. Teeth that have tipped or shifted are also harder to clean. This puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
When a tooth is missing, the bone may shrink. If that happens, it may change the way the jawbone supports the lips and cheeks. Over time, that can make your face look older.
When the permanent bridge is ready, the dentist fits, adjusts and cements the bridge to the permanent teeth. This type of bridge is permanent and cannot be taken out of your mouth without a dentist’s help.
Do I need implants?
Dental implants may be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. Implants serve as posts that are surgically placed into the jaw. Over time, the bone grows around the implants to hold them in place.
• A key benefit of implants is that they don’t need support from the surrounding teeth.
• Candidates for dental implants should be in good general health and have enough bone to support an implant. For some patients, implants help preserve the jawbone where teeth have been lost.
• Implants may be placed into the mouth in one day ore might require multiple visits depending on your dentist’s treatment plan.
A bridge can fail if the support teeth or the jawbone is damaged by dental disease. Follow these tips for good oral health:
• Brush your teeth twice a day and floss or use another between-the-teeth cleaner once a day. Brushing and cleaning between the teeth helps remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that is always forming on the teeth.
• Always clean between your teeth and under the bridge. There are many kinds of flosses, picks or little brushes.
Ask your dentist what type will work with your bridge.
See your dentist regularly for exams and professional cleanings.