HOW DO BRIDGES WORK?
A dental bridge is recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth.
Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist at SK Smile Dental Clinic can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
HOW LONG DO CROWNS AND BRIDGES LAST?
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL BRIDGES?
- Improved aesthetics– for many people with teeth missing in the front part of the mouth, appearance is an important consideration.
- Ability to eat– some feel that eating with removable partial dentures is troublesome especially if food gets trapped in between the denture.
- Improved speech– the upper front teeth are the most important in modifying speech and a dental bridge feels more secure compared to a removable partial denture.
- Occlusal or bite stability– if the bite stability is lost, teeth movement can distort the current bite and may lead to malocclusion.
- Space maintenance– if the missing teeth can be replaced before tooth movements occur and when tooth movement is likely, this may well be justified for replacement.
- Periodontal splinting– following the successful treatment of advanced gum disease, it may be necessary to splint uncomfortably mobile teeth.
ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS OF TOOTH REPLACEMENT?
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