Dentists use dental bridges for patients who have one or more missing teeth. This restorative dentistry treatment will “bridge” the gap between the remaining teeth. Dr. Alla Brown provides them to patients from her dentist office in Buford, GA.
A dental bridge is a necessary treatment if you are missing teeth. It keeps the remaining teeth spaced and aligned properly. We will make yours to match the surrounding natural teeth and keep your smile complete.
Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth will lead to many problems with your health, speech, and oral health. 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.
You need your teeth for chewing and for proper speech. Even a few missing teeth will affect your ability to grind down certain foods and pronounce some words. 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.
Types of Dental Bridges We Offer
A removal bridge is not a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. The false teeth are attached to a metal framework that attach to your remaining teeth. It will help with aesthetics but not with function.
Traditional Dental Bridge
The most common type of bridge is a traditional bridge. It consists of two dental crowns on both ends with the replacement teeth in the middle. The healthy teeth on either side of the bridge will be prepared and then the crowns will be secured to them.
We will use this type of bridge when only one healthy tooth is available on either side of the gap. The bridge will consist of the replacement teeth and one dental crown. We will prepare the healthy tooth and then secure the crown to that tooth.
This type of bridge uses a metal framework to hold the replacement tooth in place. The framework will attach to the back of two adjacent teeth. We will not need to modify or prepare these teeth in any way.
Dental Implant Supported Bridge
The most natural looking and permanent solution to missing teeth are dental implants. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. We offer dental implant supported dental bridges to permanently replace several consecutive missing teeth. This solution will help preserve your healthy remaining teeth. There are many benefits of dental implants including durability, promotes healthy gums, and promotes a strong bone structure.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Can I sleep with a removable dental bridge?
No. Do not sleep with a removable dental bridge on. You should store your bridge 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?
We recommend 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 an infection 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.
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.