Replacing missing teeth is essential for maintaining optimal dental health. Not only can missing a tooth be aesthetically displeasing and make it difficult to eat comfortably, but it can also cause structural irregularities of the mouth and jaw. Dental bridges are an exceptional way to replace missing teeth, and they are made of durable materials to ensure longevity. A bridge usually consists of two or more anchoring crowns with a false tooth or teeth, also known as pontics, between them. Gentle Care Dentistry offers durable dental bridges that look and feel like your natural teeth and recreate the appearance of a full, vibrant smile.
What Bridges Can Do
- Improve your ability to eat and speak
- Restore the structure of your mouth and jaw
- Maintain the position of your natural teeth
- Enhance a smile compromised by missing teeth
Creating a bridge involves several steps to achieve the best and most comfortable fit. First, the teeth that the crowns will be anchored to are recontoured to provide a base or abutment for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, your dentist will take a mold of the area and send the impression to a dental lab to build a custom bridge. A temporary bridge is attached to the abutments to protect your teeth and provide some cosmetic relief. Once your new bridge is ready, it will be secured to the abutments.
How to Maintain Your Bridge
A dental bridge can last many years with proper maintenance and care. Bridges can be brushed the same as your natural teeth, and the underside of the bridge can be cleaned using an irrigation device or a special threader and floss. Adopting diligent oral hygiene practices will keep your bridge and your natural teeth healthy for many years. Gentle Care Dentistry offers its patients a 5-year, no-questions-asked guarantee on all bridges we provide. With this warranty, we will correct any issues with your bridge for up to five years after your initial procedure as long as you come in regularly for checkups and fluoride treatments.
Alternative Treatments to Bridges
Some patients who wish to replace a missing tooth may opt for a dental implant, mini implants, or partial dentures. A dental implant is a long-lasting alternative to a dental bridge that does not involve the reshaping of the natural teeth. Patients who prefer a less invasive alternative may consider a partial denture, which is like a bridge but removable. Your dentist at Gentle Care Dentistry will go over all of the options that are suitable for your needs and help you obtain the smile you desire.