When is a dental bridge recommended?
With age our teeth our susceptible to wear and tear—especially if TMJ disorder or a malocclusion is present. Worn down teeth often require restorations such as crowns or extractions if the tooth cannot be saved. Some patients may have developed tooth loss as a result of a common periodontal condition, gum disease. In these instances, our dentist may recommend a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a permanent restoration that features a one or a series of custom made crowns. As its name suggests, a bridge bridges the gap between missing teeth by anchoring the restoration to existing healthy teeth. Dental technicians make bridges based upon exact specifications determined by our dentist. The crowns used to replace missing teeth can be made of different materials including porcelain, metal, or porcelain fused to metal.
Do dental bridges look natural?
When made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, bridges are very discreet restorations. The crowns that make up bridges are tooth-shaped and designed to blend in with your existing teeth in color and shape.
Is eating food comfortable with bridges?
When compared to removable prosthetics like dentures, bridges are normally considered more comfortable to patients. This is because bridges are anchored in place by abutments attached to natural teeth. Because bridges are permanent, patients can eat a variety of foods easily.
Do these restorations require special care?
If you receive a bridge, you need to commit to thorough oral hygiene. You should brush and floss your teeth properly and brush the gums surrounding your bridge. Our dentist may suggest water irrigators for cleaning underneath your bridge to keep your gums healthy and clean.
How do I know if bridges are right for me?
The only way to determine the best method for replacing missing teeth is to schedule an oral examination at our office. During your exam, our team will evaluate the health of your gums, teeth, and jawbones. Depending on the results of your exam, we will determine a treatment plan that is right for your needs.
Contact the office of Dr. Kimberly Capua at 972-418-1811 today to reserve your appointment.