Dental Bridges – Denton, TX
Filling in the Empty Space
It’s never a good idea to ignore a missing tooth; not only will the empty space make it difficult to eat and speak normally, but your remaining teeth could start to drift out of place, which leads to alignment problems. At Prime Dentistry, we’ll fill the gap in your smile with a fixed dental bridge. If you or a loved one is facing tooth loss, schedule an appointment with us right away so that we can decide whether this type of tooth replacement is right for you.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges – also known as fixed bridges – are literally a way to bridge the gap created by missing teeth. On either end of the bridge is a dental crown. The two crowns support one or more prosthetic teeth called pontics between them. (Pontics can be made from all kinds of materials, such as sturdy gold and alloys or natural-looking porcelain.) The bridge will use the teeth adjacent to the empty space for support. You can typically expect a dental bridge to last about 5 to 15 years if you take good care of it.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
We might recommend a dental bridge if you are missing one to three teeth in a row. A good candidate will need to have natural teeth that are still strong and healthy enough for the crowns that the bridge will sit on. Also, if you have gum disease, it needs to be treated first. Gum disease can potentially cause you to lose teeth if it stays untreated. That includes the abutment teeth supporting the crowns; if you lose them, you’ll also lose your dental bridge. We will fully examine your oral health and take all the different factors into account before moving forward with the procedure.
What are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- A gap in your teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious, but filling it in with a dental bridge can give you the confidence boost you need to show off your pearly whites to the world.
- By replacing missing teeth, you ensure that the forces in your bite are distributed properly so that your remaining teeth aren’t damaged. This will also let you continue to chew and speak properly.
- The bridge will hold your other teeth in place and prevent them from drifting out of position, which could cause severe alignment problems.
How Do I Care for a Dental Bridge?
When taking care of a dental bridge, your main concern is to prevent tooth decay from developing under the crowns. You can do this by:
- Brushing twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste that provides extra protection against plaque.
- Flossing underneath your bridge as well as between your natural teeth.
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash that contains fluoride.
- Visit Prime Dentistry at least twice a year so that we can make sure your bridge is staying healthy and perform any necessary cleaning.