When you loose one or more teeth, it can negatively affect your natural ability to speak, eat, and chew. It can also affect the alignment of your smile, ultimately changing the way your teeth fit together. If you need to replace a missing tooth, or several missing teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be for you. With this dental restoration, our team can help bridge the gap caused by your missing tooth, giving you a new, beautiful smile that makes you feel good about your smile.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is just as it sounds: a restoration designed to bridge the gap caused by missing teeth. A dental bridge is a customized
restoration that attaches one or more replacement teeth to an acrylic, gum-colored base. Each replacement tooth, as well as the base, is designed to appear like your natural teeth and gums, ensuring that once your bridge is in place, it will blend in with the rest of your smile. Dental bridges are typically cemented into place with a dental crown on either side.
Dental bridges are typically used to replace teeth that are in the front of your smile, not for your back teeth. This is because your back teeth exert a greater amount of force, which the bridge may not be able to support.
How to Care for Your Dental Bridge
Unlike dentures, you do not remove a dental bridge each night. Because bridges are fixed into place, they act and look just like your natural teeth. This means that you care for them like you would your natural teeth. This includes regularly brushing your bridge twice a day. However, because your bridge is cemented into place with dental crowns, you will not be able to floss between your bridge and the neighboring teeth. Instead, you will need to floss underneath the bridge to remove any food particles and bacteria.
Limitations of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are an excellent choice for many patients who have suffered from tooth loss. However, just like all other treatments, a dental bridge may not be for everyone. While dental bridges are effective in replacing missing teeth, they do require the neighboring teeth on either side of the gap to be treated and receive a dental crown. This means possibly wearing down healthy teeth to anchor the bridge in place.
Dental bridges are designed to fit over the existing gum line, which means that there is no dental root or replacement to support the underlying bone and gums. With nothing to stimulate the use and growth of the jawbone, it can begin to deteriorate, which can lead to a gap underneath the bridge. Bone loss can also change the shape of your jaw and facial features.
Unlike dental implants, bridges are also not designed to last forever. Over time, your bridge may wear down, and you will most likely require a replacement bridge. Should this happen, Drs. Umansky, Nikmard and Elmore can make any necessary adjustments to your bridge to ensure that it fits snugly and comfortably.
If you have a missing tooth or a row of missing teeth, we encourage you to contact Aesthetic Dentistry Associates today at 281-446-4700 and schedule your appointment to see if you could benefit from a dental bridge in Humble, Texas. Our dental team is here to help you love your smile once again.