Are you missing one or more teeth? Tooth loss can have a negative impact on both your appearance and your overall oral health. In order to enjoy a whole smile again, you will need to talk to your dentist about tooth replacement options, such as a dental bridge.
Why should I replace lost teeth?
Tooth loss hurts oral health. When you lose a tooth this threatens the alignment of your smile as the remaining teeth may drift from their positions as a result of the gap. In addition, the pressure on your jaw joints from tooth loss can increase the risk of bruxism and TMJ disorders. Misalignment itself can make caring for your smile more difficult, allowing tooth decay and gum disease to develop.
Do I need a dental bridge?
A dental bridge has long been the replacement option when one or more consecutive teeth are missing. Anchored by existing teeth or new dental implants, a dental bridge can restore normal function and help you maintain your oral health for the long term. A trusted dentist in Baltimore MD, Dr. Byron Desbordes can design and place a custom fit dental bridge so that you can get back to enjoying life with a stable and functional smile.
Today’s dental bridges are typically fixed for a more secure restoration. A bridge can be anchored using your existing teeth or dental implants. When natural teeth are used, a dental crown is usually recommended to strengthen the tooth and provide a more stable support for the bridge. Dr. Desbordes will recommend the placement of dental implants if the existing teeth are damaged or considered too weak to effectively support a dental bridge.
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Dental Bridges What to Expect
Dr. Desbordes will meet with you to thoroughly evaluate your dental health and discuss your concerns and goals. If dental implants are recommended, he will create a treatment plan for the surgical placement of the implant post and a temporary bridge to restore function.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a prosthetic that features dental crowns connected to the replacement teeth. The crowns are placed on the natural teeth on each end of the gap, anchoring the new teeth in place. Dr. Desbordes will begin by preparing the neighboring, or “anchor teeth” for the bridge. Once the anchor teeth are ready, impressions will be taken for use in fabricating your new custom dental bridge. In a couple of weeks time a new bridge will be ready to be permanently secured to the anchor teeth.
Your new smile will complement your natural appearance and support lasting dental health. A bridge lasts for about 10 to 15 years before requiring adjustment or replacement. You will need to care for your new prosthetic. We will discuss ways to properly care for your new bridge. With care and maintenance you can help your new prosthetic last for longer periods.