Bridges

Missing Teeth Are Not Just Unattractive

If you lose your tooth, whether due to a medical condition, an injury or natural causes, you’re probably anxious to explore your options for restoring your smile. While missing teeth can certainly create an unappealing gap, it’s often more than a cosmetic issue. You may also experience discomfort in your jaw, pain when chewing, or other issues that develop due to a change to your bite.

One of the most common procedures to correct this problem is having a dental bridge inserted into your mouth.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to replace a lost tooth while creating a natural appearance. There are four main types of bridges; your dentist will determine which is the right option for your situation.  

  • Traditional: This is the most common type, and it includes one or more false teeth that are secured with crowns, which are bonded to the adjacent teeth.
  • Cantilever: This type of bridge is supported by a crown on just one side, which means that if there is only one tooth next to the missing one, this is still an option.
  • Maryland: These bridges provide a more conservative approach that utilizes a metal or porcelain framework to hold the false tooth in place. 
  • Implant-supported: This type of bridge is often used when there are more than one missing teeth. They are secured by implants that are attached to the jawbone for maximum stability.

Placement of Your Dental Bridge

Because it is not a surgical procedure, so you will remain awake throughout the procedure. However, if you’re feeling anxious, your dentist can offer mild sedation to help you relax. Your dentist will also apply a numbing jelly on your gums followed by a local anesthetic that is injected directly into your gums.

The first step involves taking measurements and imprints of your mouth to ensure that your bridge will feel comfortable and fit properly. If your teeth are compromised, your dentist may insert temporary crowns to provide protection while you wait for the bridge to be completed.

Pain and Recovery Following Insertion of Dental Bridges

Because of the use of a local anesthetic, you shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure. But you will have to keep your mouth open for an extended period of time, so you may feel some soreness in your jaw. Over-the-counter pain relievers or an ice pack on the outside of your jaw will usually relieve the pain. 

Recovery is minimal; in fact, patients can usually eat normally as soon as the bridge has been inserted.

A damaged or missing tooth doesn’t have to impact the look of your smile or the overall condition of your mouth. This simple procedure delivers an attractive cosmetic result that removes the empty space and creates a uniform smile. Replacing the teeth with bridges will also eliminate any issues you may have when eating or speaking.

 

 

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