These bridges offer a functional way to replace missing teeth and work in tandem with crowns to achieve an aesthetically pleasing result.
Tooth loss can have a huge impact on both your dental health and your appearance. When you lose a tooth, your other teeth can drift out of position. This dental drifting can cause changes to your bite, loss of additional teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay.
If you lose a tooth, your dentist may recommend correcting the problem by placing a dental bridge. A dental bridge prevents the rest of your teeth from drifting by holding them in place and filling the space a missing tooth creates.
A dental bridge is made-up of two dental crowns held together by a replacement tooth that fills the gap in your smile. By filling the gap in your teeth, a dental bridge can prevent gum disease, correct speech, correct your bite, and restore your smile.
When a dental bridge is constructed and placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, it can correct all the problems a missing tooth causes. Also, a well-maintained dental bridge is able to last for many years.
Dental Bridge Construction:
Placing a dental bridge begins by preparing the teeth on either side of the gap for dental crowns. After the teeth have been filed and shaped for the dental crowns, the cosmetic dentist will take an impression of the teeth so that your new dental bridge can be custom made to fit perfectly and match the rest of your natural teeth. After the impression has been made, the cosmetic dentist will place a temporary bridge.
After the crowns are created for the teeth on either side of the gap, the replacement tooth will be permanently bonded to them. This process usually takes about a week, but the result is a custom made bridge that can be permanently bonded to your natural teeth.
Your custom dental bridge will allow you to eat the foods you want, without having to think about the gap caused by a missing tooth. Also, the dental bridge will allow you to smile with confidence, knowing that your dental health has been restored.
Dental Bridge Care:
With proper oral hygiene, your dental bridge can last ten years or more. However, there are certain recommendations that can be followed so that you can reduce or eliminate dental problems with your bridge:
Have your teeth cleaned by a professional every six months.
Avoid sticky/hard snacks and foods.
Limit the amount of food that can promote tooth decay. This includes foods that have high sugar or starch content.
Brush your teeth carefully and completely after every meal. Food caught under the bridge can cause gum decay.
Floss daily, and make sure you reach all the spaces between your teeth and under your bridge.
If you have a damaged, decayed, or missing tooth and would like to have it repaired with either a dental crown or a dental bridge, then contact Steinway Family Dental Center. We are one of the most experienced practices in Astoria offering dental bridges, having fitted hundreds of patients with a dental bridge over the years.