Do you have missing teeth? Are you considering dental bridges to fill the empty spaces? Dental bridges are a great way to restore your smile and improve your oral health. At Swansboro Family Dentistry, we specialize in a number of tooth replacement solutions, including dental bridges.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a cosmetic and restorative dental treatment that can help you regain your beautiful smile. A dental bridge is a type of prosthetic that fills the gap left by missing teeth. This restoration involves two or more crowns on adjacent teeth to support one artificial tooth in between them. Bridges are made from porcelain, metal alloy, or resin materials and can be fixed (non-removable) or removable, depending on your preference.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
A dental bridge can help you save your natural teeth for longer. The artificial tooth is attached to the abutment teeth on either side of it, permanently fixed into the mouth. This ensures that they will not slip or fall out while chewing or speaking. In addition, a dental crown covers each abutment tooth, and this protects them against damage from biting off large pieces of food as well as wear and tear over time.
Dental bridges last an average of five years before requiring repair or replacement because everyday forces cause stress fractures at their base, where they attach to your gums and jawbone through gum tissue called periodontal ligaments (PL). However, some people may need a new one placed earlier if there are problems with poor oral hygiene that can lead to gum disease or grinding their teeth at night (bruxism).
Is Getting a Dental Bridge Painful?
The process of getting a dental bridge is not painful because the teeth on either side of the gap will need to be prepared and numbed using a local anesthetic before they are drilled down for this treatment. Lidocaine or xylocaine is used in some cases where more extensive preparation work needs to be done due to tooth decay, gum disease, or other factors affecting your overall oral health that may require additional measures such as scaling and root planing.
In addition, there should never be any pain associated with placing a false tooth unless it was damaged during placement by hitting against another abutment tooth while being inserted. This can happen if you have no remaining natural teeth on one side of the space left unfilled. If the denture is too long, it can hit against adjacent teeth and the tongue and gums, making you feel a sharp pain or scratchy sensation when chewing food on that side of your mouth.
How Long After Extraction Can I Get a Bridge?
There is generally a waiting period of around three months after tooth extraction before you can receive dental bridges. This will allow the gums to heal and your jawbone to re-mineralize (rebuild) itself for the abutment teeth on either side of the gap to support artificial replacement teeth that could be too heavy if they were attached immediately after having an extracted tooth removed from inside them.
Can You Bridge Front Teeth?
Yes, you can bridge front teeth. This is a standard treatment for people who have lost one or more front teeth due to an accident, decay, or gum disease. The abutment teeth on either side will be prepared and fitted with dental crowns so that the false tooth (pontic) in between them looks natural and blends in when smiling.
If you need more information about this solution, reach us at via 910-421-3022. Furthermore, our top-class professionals at Swansboro Family Dentistry will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and help you regain your beautiful smile.