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Dental Bridges Buford, GA

Dental Bridges An Overview

Dental bridges are used for patients who have one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge will “bridge” the gap between teeth. Dental bridges as a restorative dentistry service we provide in Buford GA.

Dental bridges become necessary when teeth are missing. A bridge keeps the remaining teeth spaced and aligned properly. Dental bridges are made to match the surrounding natural teeth and placed on a metal bar.

The healthy teeth on either side of the bridge will be crowned and then the bridge is attached. The permanent teeth will be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. Our dentist will determine which material will be best for your situation.

There are several types of dental bridges. A fixed dental bridge is the most common, but it can also be made removable. In this type of dental restoration, the prosthetic tooth is anchored to neighboring teeth using dental crowns.

Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

It is extremely important to replace missing teeth to prevent long-term damage and future problems. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. The longer the area is exposed, the more likely the bone is to suffer significant loss and for gum disease to occur.

Missing teeth don’t just cause cosmetic concerns. The teeth are extremely important for chewing as well as speech. The teeth also provide support to the lower face. People who are missing teeth often look older than they are with a sagging or drooping appearance.

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Alternatives to Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is one option for missing teeth, and there are other options as well depending on your condition and long-term goals. The most natural-looking and permanent solution to missing teeth is dental implants.

Dental implants can be used to permanently replace either a single tooth or several teeth. In some cases, a dental bridge can be secured in place by dental implants rather than dental crowns which help to preserve healthy teeth. There are many benefits of dental implants including durability, promotes healthy gums, and promotes a strong bone structure.

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Contact Us to Replace Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth or are about to lose your teeth, contact Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, Georgia to learn more about the best options for you.

Dental Bridges FAQs

Can I sleep with a removable dental bridge?

No. Do not sleep with a removable dental bridge on. Your bridge should be stored in a safe place while you sleep. Sleeping with a removable bridge can create a choking hazard, increase the number of bacteria in your mouth, and cause a sore mouth when you wake up in the morning.

How long does a dental bridge last?

A dental bridge can last anywhere from five to fifteen years. This is due to the fact that there are different types of bridges, and patients have different ways of caring for their prosthetics. If you take good care of your prosthetic, it can last longer.

What should I do if I have a broken bridge?

Do not try to repair it yourself. Also do not wear it again until you visit your dentist for repair or replacement. Wearing damaged bridges can cause harm to the surrounding teeth, and damage your gums. Avoid the pain of wearing a damaged bridge by seeking treatment as soon as possible.

Can you sleep with a dental bridge in?

It is recommended that patients remove their dental bridge before going to bed. This gives their muscles the opportunity to rest and take a break. It also gives patients time to clean their appliances.

Can a tooth get infected under a bridge?

Dental bridges cannot become infected, however, the remaining tooth beneath a bridge can. It is important to remove your bridge and clean it at night to prevent infection and bacteria buildup beneath the bridge.

How long does it take for a dental bridge to feel normal?

It takes about two weeks for a bridge to feel normal and comfortable in your mouth. Patients need to adjust to a new appliance in their mouth, and learn how to function chewing, biting, and speaking with it.