A gap in your smile can lead to a variety of health issues and personal stress. If you’re missing a tooth and want to restore your smile, take a look at the benefits of getting dental bridges from Dr. Riddle.
Having missing, broken, or damaged teeth can cause changes in chewing and speaking as well as alter your facial structure and self-esteem. Did you know that this can also lead to long term health consequences?
Missing teeth can cause the weakening of, or damage to the alveolar bone, which contains the tooth sockets that hold your teeth on your jaw. Luckily, dental restoration options such as dental bridges can correct these problems and prevent future issues from developing. Understanding the benefits of dental bridges can prepare you to make the best decision for your health and for your smile.
Dental Bridges: Understanding The Procedure
Before you and Dr. Riddle make the final decision to get dental bridges, Dr. Riddle will do a thorough examination of your teeth and gums in order to establish whether dental bridges are the best option for you. Optimally, the best candidate will have healthy, strong teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. This is because the teeth adjacent to this gap will be used to anchor the dental crowns that bookend the bridge. To accommodate these crowns, the structure of these natural teeth will have to be altered. Once in place, the crowns will support between one and three natural-looking replacement teeth, thereby filling the gap and completing your smile. Dr. Riddle will cement the bridge in place so that it cannot slip or be removed by hand.
The first appointment is for preparation and consists of several steps
The teeth that will anchor the bridge must be prepared and shaped.
Impressions must be created of the abutment teeth and the space between, for the crowns that will support the bridge and the “pontics” (natural looking false teeth) that will fill the gap.
A temporary bridge will be installed to maintain the gap and support the remaining teeth.
The second appointment usually finishes the bridge placement
The temporary bridge is removed.
The permanent bridge is checked against the mouth to ensure correct spacing.
The crowns are placed on the abutment teeth.
The bridge is attached to the crowns, and cement is applied if the bridge is fixed.
The total treatment time for a bridge installation is usually between three and four weeks, depending on the type of bridge required and the amount of preparation needed.
Post-operative care is essential to making your new smile last for many, many years. Brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day are two of the most basic elements of at-home care, and this should be paired with routine office visits for professional cleanings so that the quality of your smile can last a lifetime. Luckily, your artificial enhancement will not be subject to cavities, but keeping the gums around the restoration clean will reduce your risk for gum disease and other more serious oral health problems.