If you have lost a tooth or are missing teeth, you may be researching what to do next.
Dealing with the loss of a tooth can be much more important than just vanity. A missing tooth may allow your other teeth to shift and cause your bite to shift as well. This can lead to an irregular bite and too much pressure on your remaining teeth. Also, a missing tooth can create bone loss and additional dental issues down the road. When dealing with tooth loss you have a wide array of possible solutions. Dental bridges could be the answer you are looking for.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are utilized to fill the hole left by a missing tooth or teeth. This is accomplished by literally creating a bridge made up of a crown, then a false tooth, and then another crown. A dental professional will attach the crowns to healthy teeth or implants on either side of the missing tooth and fill the hole of the missing tooth with the false tooth. The most used variation is a traditional dental bridge, which is made up of porcelain, metal or ceramics or a combination of these materials.
Are Dental Bridges Right For Me?
There are several important factors to considering a dental bridge. First and foremost, your dentist will check the health of your teeth and bone. In order for a dental bridge to be effective, the anchoring teeth, also referred to as abutment teeth, must be up for the job. This means they must be healthy and in good condition. If there are healthy teeth or implants on either side of the missing tooth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. This bridge will hold a false tooth, or pontic, in place. This gives your false tooth the structure and support it needs to stay in place.
How Are Dental Bridges Installed?
The procedure for installing a dental bridge is fairly straightforward but will require multiple visits to your dentist. Once you and your dental professional have decided that a bridge is your best solution you will have an initial visit. At this time your abutment teeth will have to be prepared to receive the crowns and molds will be made. You will have temporary crowns put in place to protect your teeth and gums until your final apparatus is ready. Once your finalized bridge is ready, you will visit your dentist again and have your temporary crowns removed and your new, permanent bridge installed. This can be done with a moderate amount of time and discomfort.
Once your permanent dental bridge is in place, you may want to eat soft foods initially while getting used to your new bridge. Once you are accustomed to it, you can resume your normal eating and dental hygiene. You may even find that everyday activities such as chewing and eating are more comfortable once your dental bridge is in place. It is important for the health of your bridge and your other teeth that you maintain strong dental hygiene habits. You should always brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss daily. A healthy diet can also support maintaining healthy teeth and gums. With proper care, your dental bridge may last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Depending on your age, your bridge may need to be replaced eventually.
How Much do Dental Bridges Cost?
The cost of a dental bridge can also vary. Your insurance coverage, the location, and complexities of your dental bridge will all come into play when determining the final cost of your bridge. The materials you used to create your bridge may also vary, impacting the final price. More specific pricing and totals can be obtained by contacting your dental professional’s office.
You have many options when considering how to deal with the loss of a tooth. A dental bridge may be just the thing you need, however, the best course of action is to discuss your options with a trusted dental professional. If you have lost a tooth and would like guidance on what to do next, contact our office. We will explain all of your options and work with you to determine the best choice for your dental health and how to execute the plan moving forward.