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Should I Get a Dental Bridge if I am Missing Teeth?


Posted on 7/30/2016 by Dr. Michael Drone
A diagram of how a dental bridge works.Dental bridges are prostheses that you cannot remove from your mouth. They are a lot like a small section of dentures that can replace missing teeth.

Just like you would imagine from the name, a dental bridge can bridge any gaps between your existing teeth.

How Are Bridges Placed?

Usually, it takes a few appointments for bridges to be placed. First, the two teeth surrounding the gap need to be prepared by getting shaved down. These surrounding teeth need to be very healthy for the bridge to be a viable option. Once the teeth are prepared, temporary crowns are placed over the shaved-down teeth. The bridge is not placed until the following visit.

Are Bridges Still a Good Option

Initially, fixed dental bridges require less time and money to place compared to procedures like dental implants. However, bridges may need to be replaced in the future if they become loose or fall out. This can happen when the supporting teeth, gums, or bones become infected.

Also, bridges are not easy to clean, especially the prepared teeth that anchor the bridge, so it is important to practice good oral hygiene in order to avoid infection. Any infection of the gum tissue or your natural teeth can put your bridge at risk of failing.

If the supporting teeth are damaged, the bridge must be removed and the teeth treated. If the teeth cannot be treated, the supporting teeth might have to be removed entirely.

Today, dental implants are more often used as a treatment to replace missing teeth. For multiple missing teeth, implant-supported bridges are a common option, and they can also be an option for people with failed bridges.

However, treatment for patients is based on their individual needs, so to truly know what tooth replacement option is best for you, contact our office today for a consultation.
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