If you have missing front teeth, you are probably not happy with your smile and are thinking of ways to have the missing teeth replaced. Most people, though, when faced with missing teeth in the back, where the gap is not visible, tend to worry less, and may postpone having the missing teeth replaced. This can cause problems, because not only is your ability to chew impaired, the teeth that are adjacent to the gap will begin to crowd in. This can lead to a bad bite, as well as increasing your chances of tooth decay and/or gum disease. So, missing teeth should be replaced no matter where they are located. Dental bridges are one way of correcting missing teeth.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are just one of the many possibilities when it comes to replacing missing teeth. You could also consider a removable appliance, a bonded bridge or dental implants. The advantage to fixed dental bridges is that they last a long time, and they will not slip or slide. A disadvantage is the need to remove part of the enamel on the adjacent teeth in order to provide an anchor for the bridge. Also, some patients find fixed dental bridges difficult to clean.
Installing Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can work to replace one or more teeth. The design of the bridge will depend on how many teeth are remaining and how strong those teeth are. To install a dental bridge, the dentist scrapes away some enamel from the anchor teeth, and then takes an impression of your mouth. Those impressions are delivered to a dental lab that will make the bridge, and, in the meantime, the dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge.
When the bridge is delivered to the dentist office, your Birmingham dentist will call you in for an appointment to have it installed.
Caring for Dental Bridges
Although your dental bridge will not decay, it is still important to maintain a good regimen of oral hygiene. This is because your adjacent teeth are still vulnerable to decay, and if it becomes necessary to remove the bridge, even more damage could occur, because the bridge is very firmly cemented in place.
To learn more about dental bridges, or to arrange an appointment, contact us at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry. You can reach our Birmingham, Alabama office by phoning 205-967-9100. You can also request a consultation by using the form on our Contact Us page.