Are you wondering if Dental Bridges are the right option for you? If you cannot decide, check out our answers to five common questions related to Dental Bridges.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are replacement tooth (or teeth) that are placed in your mouth to fill the space left by one or more missing teeth. The purpose of the bridge is to restore the bite and keep the natural shape and appearance of your teeth.
Why do I need a bridge?
When you lose one or more teeth, the gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift, which results in a bad bite. To prevent gum disease from occurring due to bad bite, dental bridges is recommended to replace the missing teeth. With dental bridges, you get to preserve your teeth since lost tooth can cause the remaining to loosen or fall out.
How is tooth replacement done?
An impression or image of your teeth and the space to be filled is taken and sent to the dental lab so that a custom-made bridge can be made. In the meantime, the dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth as you await the permanent bridge.
On your next visit, the permanent bridge should be ready. The dentist places the permanent bridge onto the spacing and cements it to the prepared teeth to ensure it fits perfectly.
When the whole process is complete, the dental bridge becomes firmly fused on your teeth and cannot be removed except by a dentist.
How long does dental bridges last?
Dental bridges can last a lifetime if you care for them properly. To ensure the longevity of your bridge, follow these steps:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque that is always forming on your teeth.
- Eat a healthy diet
- See the dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings
- Always clean between your teeth and under the bridge