When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, prevention is the best way to go. At some point, however, it is likely that you will need some kind of dental procedure to help maintain a good level of oral health. Some of these issues might even be entirely out of your hands, such as an accident that damages one of your teeth to the point where it must be removed. When that happens, you should consider looking into getting one of our dental bridges to help fill in the gap between your natural teeth and the tooth that is now missing.
What are bridges?
In dentistry, bridges are referred to as certain fixed appliances that work to literally bridge the space between your missing tooth and your natural teeth. This works even if you are missing a few teeth in a row. A bridge can help ensure that the rest of your teeth stay where they are rather than migrating after you lose a tooth and suddenly have extra room in your mouth, as well as ensuring that your smile remains as natural as possible. There are a few different kinds of bridges that might be used depending upon your situation. We will decide which option is best for your purposes before the bridge is made.
What is the best kind of bridge?
The most popular kind of bridge, and the one most often selected by our patients, is the traditional bridge. This is a bridge that works to help improve tooth loss, and is created from porcelain and metal. More specifically, the bridge contains two porcelain crowns to be affixed to the teeth immediately on either side of the gap as well as the artificial tooth. The crowns and replacement teeth are attached to metal that will help ensure that the appliance stays where it should be and maintains its shape for years to come. This kind of bridge is especially popular because it gives the most natural look out of all of the bridge options.
Why do I need a bridge?
When you lose a tooth, the other teeth in your mouth might find that they suddenly have more room to spread out. This can cause some migration, which can affect the overall structure of your mouth as well as your bite. In order to avoid this issue, it is a good idea to get a replacement tooth that will fill in where your natural tooth used to be. A bridge works well for this kind of treatment, and will help maintain your natural smile as much as possible. In addition, a bridge might also be used to help restore your ability to chew and speak normally, both of which can be affected when you are missing a tooth.
To learn more about our bridges and how they are installed, contact us today at (509) 593-1110! We are more than happy to help you schedule an appointment to talk about how to best meet your dental and oral health needs.