Do you want a fuller smile? If you have one or more missing teeth and want a more balanced smile, dental bridges may be the right restorative option for you. Dental bridges can be a secure and long-lasting restorative dental solution that helps restore missing teeth.
Problems with Missing Teeth
But why should missing teeth be replaced? If the gaps left by missing teeth are not filled, several problems may arise, such as:
- Shifting Teeth
- Misaligned Bite
- Facial Sagging
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
- Speech Issues
Replacing missing teeth not only improves the aesthetics of your smile but can also benefit your long-term oral health. Learn more about treatment with dental bridges below.
Restorative Treatment with Dental Bridges
The Stewart Dental Group offers dental bridges to patients in their Charlotte, NC dentist office. There are many types of dental bridges, although we focus on two: Traditional removable dental bridges, and dental implant-secured bridges. The main difference between the two is that implant-secured bridges provide permanent stability and last longer than traditional dental bridges.
Before treatment, Dr. Melissa or Randall Stewart will perform an examination of your teeth and gums. They will work with you to create a comprehensive, personalized plan for the placement of the dental bridge. You will be given options and recommendations based on your oral health history, and current needs.
If there are any natural teeth adjacent to tooth gaps, they can be shaped to ensure that they can properly support the bridge. Dental impressions will be made of teeth so your dental bridge is a custom-fit. Dental bridges usually consist of a metal framework that is covered by porcelain to improve the aesthetics of the patient’s smile.
When complete, Dr. Melissa or Randall Stewart will ensure that the dental bridge fits properly before it is attached with adhesive cement.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer multiple benefits to patients. This restoration can:
- Help support any remaining tooth structure
- Restore the ability to bite and chew evenly
- Prevent teeth from shifting
- Maintain a patient’s face shape
Dental Bridges FAQs
How long do dental bridges last?
On average, dental bridges last around 10 years. Bridges can last longer if they’re taken care of properly and quality oral healthcare routines are followed.
How are dental bridges cleaned?
Cleaning a dental bridge depends on if it’s fixed or removable. With a removable dental bridge, you take it out and clean it gently with cold water and a soft-bristled brush. Never use hot water or toothpaste on the bridge, as this can damage the bridge. For a fixed dental bridge, you brush your teeth normally. You aren’t able to floss between teeth, so you’ll have to floss underneath. A floss threader, interdental brush, or water pick can properly clean under the bridge.
Are there foods I have to avoid with a dental bridge?
With a fixed dental bridge, you don’t have to worry about many food restrictions, aside from cracking down on hard candy or other hard foods. With a removable bridge, you should avoid those as well as chewy, sticky foods and biting into things like apples.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridges
Do you want a fuller and more balanced smile? Call the Stewart Dental Group at 704-376-2404. You can also request an appointment online. Our professionals will work with you to find a restoration that fits your specific budget, goals, and oral health.