Dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth, and they are held in place by being anchored to the crowns of neighbouring teeth. They get their name from the fact that a bridge is created between the new teeth and those that they are anchored to.
There are a number of problems that you may face when you have a missing tooth. You may be unhappy with your appearance and this can affect your confidence. Missing teeth also make it more difficult for you to eat and speak. Even one missing tooth can leave the gum exposed and this can increase the risk of gum disease due to food accumulating in the gap, which can threaten the rest of your teeth. Having a dental bridge fitted can help eliminate all of these problems.
It can take a number of appointments before the bridge is ready to be cemented into your mouth. At the first appointment, the dental putty will be used to make an impression of the teeth, which is then used to make the bridge and crowns in a dental laboratory. A temporary bridge will then be fitted to protect the exposed gum and this will be replaced with the custom made bridge at the following appointment. Several appointments will be needed after this to check the fit of your bridge, and it will only be cemented when the dentist is sure that it is a perfect fit.
You may find it difficult to eat when you are first adjusting to your bridges. It can help to try and eat soft foods as far as possible, and to cut food up into smaller pieces than you would have normally. These difficulties will pass and you will soon be able to eat just as well as you did before you had any missing teeth. You may also find that your teeth are more sensitive than they were before, but there are products such as toothpaste and mouthwash that can help you deal with this.
If they are looked after properly, then dental bridges will last anywhere between ten and fifteen years. You should take care of your dental bridges in the same way as you would your natural teeth. This includes brushing at least twice a day and using dental floss. Practising this good hygiene can also help keep your remaining teeth healthy, which is important because it is these teeth that will keep your bridge anchored in place.
Dr. Barkhordar has many years of experience in performing dental bridge procedures and has a large number of satisfied clients that are incredibly pleased with the difference that dental bridges have made to their lives. Contact his office today to make an appointment.