When it comes to maintaining good oral health, the ideal strategy is to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and strong. Sometimes, however, whether it be due to an injury, an illness, or an error, you might find yourself missing a tooth. When that happens, there are a number of options from which you can select to help fill the missing space and maintain your smile. While some of them are better than others, it is worth noting that bridges are a very popular method of replacing missing teeth. At The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we are happy to offer bridges to our patients as a replacement tooth option.
What is a dental bridge?
When you have a tooth extracted, you are left with a gap in your smile. This can be both unseemly as well as a danger to your remaining teeth by placing an undue amount of stress upon them with the change in your bite. To help mitigate these issues and correct your smile while also helping to prevent excessive erosion of your remaining natural teeth, bridge is often used to fill in that gap. A bridge consists of a few different parts. It consists of two crowns, for example, that are placed on the two teeth immediately surrounding the gap. This serves to strength them and protect them from undergoing added stress. This is because they support the actual replacement tooth, which is attached to these crowns.
Why might I need a dental bridge?
There are a number of different reasons behind why you might find yourself in need of a dental bridge. If you are injured in an accident, for example, you might find yourself with a broken tooth that is unable to be repaired. You might even lose a tooth from gum disease or other illness. When that happens, you will want to quickly replace the tooth in order to avoid structural changes in your mouth and jaw that could affect both your appearance as well as the functionality of your remaining teeth. A bridge, then, serves a few purposes. It helps keep your smile looking natural while also working to maintain the structure of your mouth.
Are dental bridges hard to place?
Because they require the creation and placement of two crowns, dental bridges take more than one office visit to apply. During your first visit, for example, we will create a mold of the two teeth to be capped. We will then send that mold off to the lab in order to have your crowns created, and we will also probably prepare your teeth for the placement of the crowns during this first visit. The second visit, taking place after the crowns have arrived at the dental office, will involve carefully fitting and placing your crowns. We will bond them into place, and then insert the replacement tooth itself. The entire process usually takes about two office visits, and you will need to come back in within a few weeks so that we can ensure that the fit is good and everything is working as intended.
For more information about dental bridges, give us a call today at (903) 858-4020!