Regardless of how teeth are lost, adult, or permanent, teeth can’t grow back. There is no replacement tooth that will fill where the lost tooth was. Missing adult teeth create embarrassing gaps in one’s smile that can also impact speaking and eating and can lead to additional oral health problems.
When one loses an adult tooth, there are multiple treatment options available. One such option is a dental bridge. Bridges cover up the gaps created by missing teeth. This is usually done by using two surrounding, natural teeth or two dental implants, to provide support and stability for the bridge so it securely stays in the mouth and looks natural.
Types of Dental Bridges
With a dental bridge, a series of tooth-like crowns are fused together, with the two outermost ones getting cemented over surrounding teeth or onto dental implants. Before these are made, a scan or mold of the mouth is made so the crowns will fit perfectly over the teeth and will blend in with the rest of one’s teeth. There are multiple types of dental bridges available. The best type of bridge for each patient will depend on the size of the gap, the strength of one’s surrounding teeth and gums, the number of strong, surrounding natural teeth and the location in the mouth where the bridge will be placed. Traditional bridges, for instance can be placed anywhere in the mouth and require two natural teeth on both sides of the gap. Cantilever and Maryland bridges are great alternatives to traditional bridges, but don’t fare well when placed in areas in the front or back of the mouth where grinding and extreme biting pressure is exerted. Implant supported bridges can firmly attach bridges to many areas of the mouth and are ideal for patients who don’t have surrounding natural teeth, but have strong gums and jaw bones.
What You Should Expect
The process of getting a bridge often requires multiple office visits. On the first visit, your surrounding natural teeth will be prepared for crowns, a mold of your mouth will be taken and a temporary bridge will be placed. On the second visit, you will be fitted with your permanent bridge. Additional appointments may be necessary for adjustments to ensure a secure and comfortable fit.
If you have a one or more missing teeth, contact us at Madison Smile Solutions today to schedule an appointment and we’ll discuss whether a bridge is the best option for you.