A dental bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. A typical dental bridge consists of a replacement tooth that is attached to two adjacent teeth. Once complete, your dentist in Baltimore, MD secures the bridge structure by bonding it to the mouth.
Spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, lead to occlusion (biting) and/or jaw problems and spur periodontal disease.
There are various options for replacing missing teeth, all of which can safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile. These options include dental bridges, affordable dental implants and partial dentures. Dr. Doroshenko and Dr. Lazer can discuss with you which option will work best for your circumstances.
Dental Bridge Repair
If you currently have a dental bridge that needs repair, contact our Owings Mills dental office to schedule an appointment. Depending on the circumstances, we may perform the dental bridge repair or offer a dental bridge replacement.
Types Of Dental Bridges
Dr. Doroshenko is a Prosthodontist and will take many things into consideration when recommending a dental bridge vs. dental implants. While dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth, not everyone is a good candidate. You must have adequate bone structure to support the dental implant. Depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, a dental implant may not be a good choice.
Another major difference between a dental bridge vs implant is the cost. Dental implants require a more significant investment initially than dental bridges. However, dental implants are less likely to need future work or maintenance.
Removable Dental Bridge
Generally, a removable dental bridge is only used for a short-term solution. A removable bridge can be used to maintain tooth position while a patient is preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant.
While the cost of a removable dental bridge is appealing, they do not offer good long-term benefits and frequently require replacement or repair down the road.
Fixed Dental Bridge
As the name indicates, a fixed dental bridge is permanently fixed in the mouth. In this type of restoration, a replacement tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, commonly called the anchor teeth. The anchor teeth will need to be shaved down to accommodate the crowns.
The method essentially requires healthy teeth to be reduced and puts a lot of pressure on them.
A dental bridge that is secured to at least two dental implants can replace a few consecutive missing teeth. The dentist may choose to have a fixed dental bridge secured by implants instead of by dental crowns. Dental implants provide better long-term benefits and do not require the preparation of neighboring teeth.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Are dental bridges removable?
Yes, some types of bridges can be removed. A temporary bridge is removable. Temporary bridges are used as placeholders in situations where you are waiting for your final restoration.
You might also get a temporary bridge if you have yet to decide how you want to replace your missing teeth. Most patients use temporary bridges while waiting for a dental implant.
How do you clean a dental bridge?
To effectively clean a dental bridge, first brush your teeth and bridge as usual. Spend at least two minutes brushing. After brushing, you will need to floss between and under your bridge. There is a specific floss product made for patients with bridges that makes flossing under the bridge very easy.
Flossing is very important when you have a bridge because food particles that are left under the bridge can cause plenty of issues, such as bad breath, gum irritation, and gum infections.
What can’t you eat with a dental bridge?
It’s best to stay away from very sticky foods, especially if your bridge is removable. All dentists agree that sticky foods can cause issues for your dental bridge. Sticky foods that get stuck under your bridge makes it very difficult for you to get it all out.
It is very important to routinely floss under your bridge. Most bridge failures are due to decay in the anchor teeth and teeth next to bridges.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry offers consultations to discuss your dental concerns and evaluate your oral health. We offer dental bridges in our Owings Mills, MD and Baltimore, MD area dentist office as a solution for missing teeth. Call 410.697.6290 to schedule your complimentary consultation or request an appointment online.