5 Things To Know Before Getting a Dental Bridge

5 Things To Know Before Getting a Dental Bridge
Posted on 02/25/2022

Many people struggle with the difficulties associated with tooth loss. Whether you lost a tooth or teeth due to age, dental complications, or accident, the loss can make it difficult to eat, speak, and feel confident in your appearance. One of the popular ways to correct missing teeth is with dental bridges, so Gentle Smiles of Colorado has made a list of 5 important things for our patients in Denver, CO to consider before getting a dental bridge.

1) They are Not a Permanent Fix

While dental bridges mimic the appearance and function of a natural tooth, they are not a permanent replacement. Once placed in the mouth, the dental bridge is worn continuously, and withstands normal wear and tear from eating and speaking. With proper care and maintenance, a dental bridge can last 5 to 7 years.

2) They Do Not Prevent Gum and Bone Loss

Especially when a patient is missing more than one tooth, the bone and tissue that once supported that tooth is no longer stimulated and will slowly begin to degrade. Because a dental bridge is not connected to the tissue and bone like a natural tooth, it does less to prevent this process.

3) Adjacent Teeth are Affected

To place a dental bridge, the natural teeth on either side of the gap must be “prepared” as supports for the bridge. This involves recontouring these healthy teeth by removing a portion of the enamel so that crowns can be fitted over them as anchors for the bridge. This may be more invasive than some patients are comfortable with but ensure that the final bridge is secure and functional.

4) They are Affordable and Effective

One of the pros of getting a dental bridge is that it is more affordable than other methods used to fix missing teeth. Your dental bridge will restore the appearance of your smile and the structure of your lower face. It can prevent your other teeth from shifting and causing problems with your bite.

5) There are Alternatives

One of the recommended alternatives to a dental bridge is a dental implant. This consists of a metal implant inserted into the jaw bone, topped with a crown carefully molded to match your natural teeth. Implants can be used to support one or multiple replacement teeth, and because they are anchored in the jaw bone, they stimulate the bone and tissue just like a real rooted tooth. Dental implants prevent bone and tissue loss and can last a lifetime.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you think dental bridges may be right for you or are interested in exploring alternatives such as dental implants, contact us and request an appointment at Gentle Smiles of Colorado. Our specialist will discuss your options and help you find the treatment that best suits your needs. Gentle Smiles of Colorado also offers general treatment and early dental care. Our team can’t wait to meet you!

Dr. Timothy Wachuta

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