There are a few different options when a tooth or teeth are removed, fall out or are knocked out. These options are often dependent on a variety of factors, such as the integrity of the jawbone and cost.
While implants are generally the ideal option, they aren’t always feasible. The next best option, though, is having a dental bridge placed.
A dental bridge is a dental appliances that “bridges” the gap between healthy teeth, and a missing tooth or missing teeth. They involve the installation of a pontic (false tooth or teeth) that is connect either via abutments placed on healthy teeth, or metal wings that are bonded to the back of healthy teeth.
Dental bridges allow for a higher level of functionality than dentures, and are a necessary alternative to leaving a gap between a tooth or teeth. Without filling a gap, teeth can migrate. You also will notice problems with your bite, speech and overall oral health. This is all without mentioning your self-esteem and confidence. With a dental bridge, you’ll be able to maintain at least a portion of the strength of your bite, avoid teeth migration and complete your smile.
Unlike other options like implants, bridges have a limited lifespan. While some bridges may last as many as ten or even fifteen years, most will last somewhere between five and ten. At this point, they’ll need to be replaced.
There are a few different reasons for why your dental bridge may fail. One of the main reasons for failure is improper oral care. While your bridge is made of false teeth, your gums and the surrounding, healthy teeth are still very important. If you do not properly brush, wash your mouth and floss, you risk tooth decay and gum disease that will affect your healthy teeth and gums.
Another reason that a bridge may fail is too much wear. When you have a dental bridge, you are able to eat a lot more of your favorite foods—but too much stress on your bridge may cause damage. Keep in mind that bridges are not real teeth, and they are not attached to your jawbone. Because of this, you’ll need to change your diet to accommodate the integrity of the bridge.
Proper care for your bridge starts with proper oral care. Make sure that you continue to brush, floss and wash out your mouth. Also make sure that you regularly visit the dentist so they can
clean your teeth, remove plaque and check on the integrity of your bridge. If you take proper care of your dental bridge and your overall oral health, your bridge will last for years longer—as will your teeth and gums. Speak with your dentist today about your tooth replacement options if you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth.
Interested in learning more about dental bridges? Read more about how they’re the perfect option for those who don’t want dental implants.
Ready to get started with journey towards optimal oral health? Contact Baer Dental Designs today and learn more about our dental bridge process with a consultation.