Are you missing multiple consecutive teeth? Do you want a comfortable and durable replacement for your missing teeth? Dr. Elizabeth Duling offers dental bridges as a dental restoration to patients in her Owens Cross Roads, AL dental office. Traditional dental bridges use the support of natural teeth to hold prosthetic teeth in place. Natural teeth can also be capped off with crowns as protection. More modern dental bridges, particularly fixed bridges, can be secured with dental implants.
Dental Bridge Treatment
Dental bridges can be removable or fixed. Removable bridges are not as stable or permanent as fixed bridges, which is why they are often temporary. This type of bridge is often used before patients fixed bridges are complete. Alternatively, fixed bridges offer more structural support. When secured with dental implants, fixed bridges last longer and are stabilized in the mouth. Dental implants replace teeth at the root and support the health of the whole dental structure.
We may provide temporary crowns or a temporary bridge while a permanent bridge is being fabricated. If you are receiving dental implants for your bridge, we will refer you to a specialist. Our team can create dental crowns as well as the final bridge restoration.
Which Bridge is Right for Me?
Typically, we recommend fixed bridges that are secured by dental implants. This is the most stable dental bridge possible. When dental implants secure the bridge instead of your natural teeth, you don’t have to worry about wear and tear. Natural anchor teeth are susceptible to increased wear, tooth decay, and other dental problems. Dental implants help you avoid this problem while still looking and feeling like natural teeth in your mouth.
However, not everyone is eligible for dental implants. You have to have a certain amount of healthy bone structure for the implant to be placed in. Dental implants are also a pricey restoration. While they’re well worth the money, we understand that they may not always be in your budget. Removable bridges and bridges secured by natural teeth are the most cost-efficient methods. But these restorations may need to be replaced down the line.
Caring For a Dental Bridge
After your treatment, the mouth will still feel numb. Refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is worn off. Avoid eating sticky or hard foods and chew on the opposite side of your mouth. You can brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush and floss gently. The best method is to pull the floss out from the side of any temporary crowns that are placed.
It is normal to experience temperature and pressure sensitivity. We may also provide pain medications following your treatments. Please contact our office if you feel persistent pain that lasts for multiple days after your treatment and we will help.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Bridges
How long will my dental bridge last?
The longevity of your bridge totally depends on how well you take care of your oral health. Poor oral hygiene is the number one cause of bridge failure. If you brush and floss daily and visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning, your dental bridge can last up to ten years. Most people have their bridge replaced every five to seven years.
Can my tooth get infected under a dental bridge?
The natural teeth located under the dental crown portion of the bridge can still suffer from dental problems. This includes infections and tooth decay. If you do not properly brush and floss your teeth especially around the bridge, tiny bits of food can get under there and cause these problems.
For patients getting a dental bridge, we often recommend investing in a water flosser. This additional dental tool can remove bacteria from under the bridge and prevent infection and decay from developing.
What is the best way to secure a dental bridge?
For several missing teeth, you can have your bridge cemented to abutment teeth or you can have it secured to dental implants. Dental implants offer better retention and will last forever. Utilizing implant fixtures to secure the bridge will also save your healthy teeth from being grinded down and permanently damaged. The implants will also help preserve the jawbone. A bridge that is cemented to abutment teeth cannot prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Contact Our Office for Dental Treatment
Do you need to restore the form and function of your teeth? Learn more about what dental bridges can do for your smile. Request a consultation with Dr. Duling online or call her Owens Cross Roads dental office at 256.202.4186.