Are the Dental Bridges an Ideal Solution for Missing Teeth?
Yes, dental bridges in Piqua, OH, are an ideal solution for missing teeth. These dental restorations and semi-permanent and they replace one or more missing teeth. Before you can get the dental bridges, it is important to know what they are and how they are fixed.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Teeth bridges are false teeth that are anchored in place using dental crowns. These restorations are cemented in place to offer strong support. Several options are available based on the number and location of the missing teeth.
- Traditional bridges
- Cantilever bridges
- Maryland bridges
- Implant-supported bridges
These are the commonly used bridges and they are anchored by two dental crowns fixed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. You need to have healthy teeth for the crown to be fixed.
These are similar to the traditional ones, but instead of using two adjacent teeth, the bridges use only one tooth. They are, however, not as strong and therefore are ideal for the front teeth.
These bridges use a framework of either porcelain or metal instead of dental crowns. They also need two teeth and offer stronger support.
The implant-supported bridges offer better support than the rest. Your dentist near you will fix either one or two implants (depending on the number of missing teeth) to anchor the bridges. You, however, need to have enough bone support for these bridges to be used.
Bridges Vs. Dentures Vs. Implants
Bridges, dentures, and implants perform the same function; they replace missing teeth. However, they differ when it comes to the number of missing teeth and the condition of your bone support.
Teeth bridges are ideal if you are looking for a somewhat permanent dental solution for your missing teeth. These bridges are however ideal for people missing one or a few teeth.
Implants are also permanent dental fixtures and are surgically fixed on the jaw. But, for our dentist to recommend them, you need to have sufficient bone density. You can use the implants if you have multiple missing teeth. In this case, the dentist will use all-on-4 implants.
Dentures are ideal if you have multiple or all teeth missing. Unlike the bridges and implants, these restorations are removable. They need readjustment every couple of years because the jaw tends to shrink.
How Are the Bridges Fixed?
The dental bridges need at least two dental visits to be fixed.
- Dental examination and planning
- Tooth preparation
- Fixing the bridges
Our tooth bridge dentist will begin the procedure by doing a comprehensive dental exam. The purpose of the assessment is to check the condition of the bone and detect the presence of decay. If decay is present, the dentist will first perform the necessary treatment to get rid of decay before fixing the bridges.
The teeth need to be reshaped for the bridges to be fixed. The dentist will trim the enamel of the teeth adjacent to the gaps. This process is irreversible, so ensure you consult the dentist before settling on the bridges. After reshaping, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make permanent bridges. This process will take about four weeks, but in the meantime, temporary bridges can be used as you wait.
This is done on your second dental visit. The dentist will replace the temporary bridges with permanent ones. A special block of cement is used to hold the teeth in place. Laser light may be used to harden the cement.
Can The Bridges Be Whitened?
Tooth discoloration is inevitable due to factors like age and our lifestyle habits. However, unlike our natural teeth, the bridges cannot be whitened. Once they are discolored, you will have to replace them so that they can match the rest of the teeth. That’s why it is important to avoid taking foods and drinks that can stain the teeth. Also, avoid smoking which can discolor your teeth as well as affect your overall health.
Schedule an Appointment
Visit Sunset Dental for more information about dental bridges and other treatments that can help replace your missing teeth. Call us now to book an appointment with our dentist near you. We also cater to the patients residing in Fountain Park, Pinewood Avenue, Robert M Davis Parkway, Levering Drive, Carlyle Drive, and surrounding communities.