Modern technology and innovative techniques have made dealing with tooth loss easier than ever before. If you have suffered tooth loss due to decay, injury or gum disease, a dental bridge may be the solution you seek to regain the ability to chew, and the confidence to dine in public you deserve.
In fact, one of the best ways to prevent further tooth loss and erosion of the bones that hold your teeth in place is to get a tooth replacement as quickly as possible once your natural tooth is damaged or in danger of falling out.
What is a Dental Bridge?
There are two general classifications of dental bridgework: fixed and removable. Although both types serve to fill gaps caused by missing teeth, each is characterized by differences in the design, materials and placement method employed.
A fixed bridge is similar to a single crown in that the materials used are often the same. Utilizing the teeth on either side of the space where the tooth was removed, the doctors at Garden City Dental Group can create a bridge by anchoring the tooth replacement with cement. A fixed bridge is only placed and removed by a dental professional.
As its name suggests, a removable bridge is a tooth replacement option that you can easily take in and out of your mouth. Often referred to as a partial denture, the removable bridge is usually made with the same materials and techniques used when constructing a full denture. However, a partial denture includes metal pieces that attach to the teeth on either side of the gap for ultimate stability while chewing and talking.
How Important is Tooth Replacement?
In addition to improving your ability to chew and speak (as well as smile), a tooth replacement device can help keep the rest of your mouth strong and healthy by lessening the potential of further bone loss. Dental bridges also help support the structure of your mouth, which can reduce signs of aging often present with prolonged tooth loss.
Another important reason to seek tooth replacement options as quickly as possible is that the stress exerted on surrounding teeth and gums can be harmful. The presence of a sizable gap also increases the risk of gum disease, which can cause further tooth loss.
Tooth Replacement Therapy Explained
Whether you choose a fixed or removable bridge, your initial appointment will focus on removing any broken or damaged teeth and taking impressions for your new bridge. High-quality impressions are a key component to a lab’s ability to create a bridge that will make chewing and speaking easier and more comfortable. Keep in mind that a fixed bridge requires additional steps to prepare the teeth on either side of the gap.
What Happens After I get my Bridge?
With a fixed bridge, your final appointment will consist of checking for proper fit and a comfortable bite, then cementing the new device in place. With a removable bridge, one of our doctors will check for proper fit and comfort as well. You will also have an opportunity to practice removing and replacing your removable bridge to ensure your success when you get home.