One or more missing teeth can dramatically affect your smile’s functionality. This is because all of your dental structures were designed to work together while performing daily tasks like chewing or speaking. When you are missing one or more teeth, unnecessary wear-and-tear is being applied to your other dental structures to compensate for the loss.
Replacing a missing tooth sooner rather than later will help prevent further dental damage and the development of a TMJ disorder. A dental bridge is an affordable restorative dentistry option to help you do so. A dental bridge is a restoration that consists of three or more ‘crowns’ joined together to create a unit of bridgework.
Dental Bridges in Towson, MD
Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson have the knowledge, skill, and experience to manage all of your dental health needs, including replacing a missing tooth. With dental bridges, our doctors can help our patients replace a missing tooth without the need for an invasive procedure.
The Dental Bridge Process
The dental bridge process takes several visits to our Towson, MD dentist office. Your dentist will examine your teeth to determine if a dental bridge is the right treatment for you.
At the next appointment, your dentist will prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap. This involves permanently reducing the size of the tooth to create room for the dental bridge. We will administer local anesthetic for your comfort. Next, several impressions will be taken. They will be sent to a dental lab to make your custom dental restoration.
Once your bridge is in, we will set up the next appointment. Here your dentist will attach the crown portion of the bridge to the two prepared teeth. This will hold the bridge securely in place for many years.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about dental bridges:
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are a relatively quick and cost-effective way to replace a missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. They help to restore chewing function and prevent drifting or shifting of your remaining teeth. Dental bridges also assist in maintaining the facial support of your lips and cheeks to prevent an aging appearance.
How should I care for my dental bridge?
Because your dental bridge relies on the external support of your surrounding teeth, you will need to take extra care of your dental bridge to ensure it lasts for many years. Brushing and flossing around and underneath the dental bridge at least twice a day will ensure that no food residue sticks to its hardware. Additionally, you should avoid eating excessively chewy or crunchy foods to prevent damage to the bridgework.
Are dental bridges permanent?
Dental bridges are a more permanent option, especially when compared to removable partial or complete dentures. Dentists design bridges so that they can last a long time and can often last at least a decade with the proper care and maintenance.
Can you feel a bridge in your mouth?
A dental bridge fits comfortably in your mouth, so you should not feel it when speaking or eating. However, if the bridge does not fit correctly, you may notice a slight pressure or irritation due to extra contact with adjacent teeth or gums. If you experience any discomfort, immediately let your dentist know so they can make the proper adjustments or changes.
Do dental bridges fall out easily?
When placed by an experienced dental provider, your dental bridge will maintain its placement without issues. Following the dentist’s care instructions will reduce the risk of possible complications.
Can teeth decay under a bridge?
Yes, teeth can decay even if a bridge covers them. While bridges protect the underlying tooth structure, bacteria, and food particles can still enter underneath the bridge and cause decay. Follow proper oral hygiene habits to reduce the risk of cavities on the natural tooth structure below.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are missing one or more teeth, you are not without options when it comes to tooth replacement. The experienced dental professionals at Dental Excellence in Towson will help you effectively replace missing teeth with our restorative dentistry services. Please schedule an appointment online. We look forward to providing you with excellent dental care.