Are you missing one or more teeth in your mouth? Are you trying to figure out the best way to replace them? At Magnolia Modern Dentistry, we offer the option for dental bridges. This tooth replacement option puts an artificial tooth in your mouth while using your healthy teeth on either side to anchor it. This gives the artificial tooth the stability it needs.
How Bridges Work
A dental bridge stays in your mouth permanently – you do not remove the tooth. It does require healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. The healthy teeth become the ‘anchors’ for the pontic (artificial tooth). We start by preparing the anchor teeth to accept the bridge. We do this by reshaping the tooth – we have to remove a little enamel in order for the teeth to accept dental crowns.
If we need to remove the affected tooth, we will do this at this time as well. Once your anchor teeth are ready for crowns, we take impressions of your mouth. Our lab technicians then create custom crowns for both side teeth and the artificial tooth, creating a ‘bridge’ or permanent appliance for your mouth.
Once the lab creates your appliance, you come back in and we place the bridge in your mouth. Our dentists carefully ensure that the fit is great and that you feel comfortable with how it looks and feels. We use this time to make any necessary adjustments to the appliance, as we want to ensure your complete comfort. Once you are ready, we make the appliance a permanent part of your mouth and the days of missing teeth are behind you.
Living With a Dental Bridge
The good news is that living with a dental bridge is no different from living with a full set of your teeth. You do not have to do anything special to take care of it, but proper oral hygiene is crucial. When you have an artificial tooth in your mouth, you still need to brush and floss the area twice a day. It is important that you remove all debris and bacteria from your mouth so that infection or decay does not grow in that area, affecting the bridge.
Most people can eat and drink as they would with a full set of teeth. We do suggest that you use caution when chewing excessively hard or chewy foods, though. Just like your natural teeth, they can damage the artificial tooth. With proper care, the dental bridge can last for 10 - 15 years.
Common Reasons for a Dental Bridge
We conduct the bridge procedure often at our office. Typically, we see patients who are unhappy with their smile having a missing tooth, as well as those that are tired of the difficulties they have eating their favorite foods. Dental bridges can restore your mouth, giving you full functionality once again. Because the artificial teeth look just like your natural teeth, no one will be the wiser.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges, call Magnolia Modern Dentistry at (530) 645-3339 today.