If you have recently lost a tooth, you may be wondering what is the best treatment option for you. Many patients choose to get a dental bridge, and for good reason.
Here are some of the reasons why a dental bridge may be the right choice for you and how our team at Beyond Dental Health in Hanson, MA, can help.
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth
A dental bridge is an oral treatment that replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of two dental crowns and a false tooth, also called a pontic, in between. The dental crowns are placed over the teeth adjacent to the gap left by the missing tooth and act as supports for the false replacement tooth.
This creates the “bridge” that fills in the gap in your smile. The tooth or teeth in the bridge can be made out of metal but will most likely be made from a ceramic material, which can be easily colored to match the patient’s existing teeth so it’s virtually unnoticeable.
The appliance not only works wonders for aesthetics but can also supply additional stability for adjoining teeth and even provide more bite power to your dental health regimen. Bridges are a great way to restore a complete and beautiful smile and are suitable for patients of all ages.
This whole procedure is typically done over two visits and is an effective way to restore your smile and dental functionality.
An important piece for maintaining oral health
A dental bridge is one of the most beneficial dental treatments for maintaining a patient’s optimal oral health. It helps to keep teeth in alignment by filling in a gap where severe tooth decay or gum disease made it necessary for a tooth to be removed. A bridge can also help prevent adjacent teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned.
That being said, it’s not just misalignments that bridges treat – they are also reliable, secure, and strong, and will provide additional support for your natural teeth so you can chew and speak without difficulty.
Ultimately, bridges are an important solution to keeping teeth healthy, and investing in one to replace a missing tooth could save a patient from needing more drastic treatments in the future.
If you get a bridge, take care of it
Receiving a bridge is a great way to restore your smile, but it is important to remember that just like your natural teeth, a dental bridge requires proper maintenance and care. Brushing and flossing regularly will help you keep your bridge clean and ensure that it lasts for many years.
It is important to brush your bridge every day, using gentle strokes to protect the vulnerable teeth on either side of the bridge. Also, taking extra care when flossing can elongate the life of a bridge by preventing food particles from getting stuck in hard-to-reach places.
For the best results, always use high-quality toothpaste and dental floss when cleaning your bridge so that you can maximize your oral health.
If you have a missing tooth and think a bridge is a right treatment for you, call our Beyond Dental Health office in Hanson at (781) 293.2128 to schedule an appointment or click here to visit us online.
We also have South Shore offices in Abington, Cohasset, and South Weymouth for your convenience so contact us today to get started on creating a new and improved smile. We look forward to treating you!