It’s vital that all your teeth are in top condition - if not, you may experience problems with speaking and chewing, and the other teeth might become misaligned. A lost tooth, therefore, presents a big problem. Luckily, though, there are multiple options available to you to fix this problem, and give you back a full set of teeth, including dental bridges in Kaufman.
A dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth, by attaching replacement teeth to “abutment teeth”- the ones next to the gap. Bridges can either be permanently fixed in your mouth or removable, depending on your preference.
A fixed bridge is fitted with crowns on the abutment teeth, or else by bonding the replacement teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges, on the other hand, are fitted to the teeth using metal clasps or precision attachments.
Fixed and removable bridges each have their own advantages- a fixed bridge is more stable, whereas a removable bridge is easier to clean because it can be taken out.
There are two main reasons why a bridge is an effective solution to a missing tooth- it helps to improve both oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. If you have a back tooth missing, then your mouth will gradually start to sink, making you appear older- a bridge will prevent this from happening.
More importantly, though, a bridge ensures that your mouth remains healthy and fully functional. Your mouth relies on all the teeth working in unison in order to function, and a missing tooth can cause problems with speaking and chewing. Furthermore, a missing tooth puts extra pressure on your gums, which can lead to a number of potential issues. You are at much higher risk of contracting gum disease if you are missing a tooth, but a bridge will minimize that risk.
Attaching a bridge usually takes two or three separate appointments. Firstly, the dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing a small portion of enamel and dentin from them. An impression of the teeth is then taken so that the bridge can be made up to fit perfectly in the gap, and to match the opposing tooth. Between the appointments, the bridge will then be prepared.
Fixed bridges are usually cemented to the surrounding teeth, and an artificial tooth is then attached to the bridge. Crowns on the natural teeth give the bridge the support that it needs.
Bridges are usually made out of a combination of porcelain and gold or a non-precious alloy, or sometimes they will be made entirely out of one or the other. Usually, though, porcelain is bonded to the metal.
After having a bridge fitted, you will need to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly twice a day. Your bridge depends on the teeth around it for support, so it is vital that you keep them strong and healthy.
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