For many, a missing tooth is a particularly stressful obstacle when going about their daily lives. Finding the perfect solution can be overwhelming. Todd Rogers Dental can help you sift through the plethora of options at your disposal to find the perfect one. In some cases, this perfect fit to replace one or more missing teeth is a dental bridge. This has helped millions of Americans over the years and is sure to give you peace of mind as well.
What is a Dental Bridge?
When you are missing one or more teeth, you may feel like there are a million potential avenues to try when trying to find the one long lasting solution that works for you. A dental bridge is an option that crosses several avenues. It can solve one missing tooth or several in a row without issue. There are two varieties of dental bridges: fixed or removable bridge. These each hold their own merits.
What is a Removable Dental Bridge?
The gaps left behind by missing teeth can be dangerous if left untreated for a long time. They can cause bone loss, infection, decay and disease, and can cause your other teeth to shift or tip into the gap. A removable dental bridge is a way to reduce some of these risks by filling the gap and supporting the adjacent teeth in the process. A removable bridge utilizes the teeth surrounding the gap by using them as support. These bridges are equipped with small clasps or metal attachments that secure to the surrounding teeth. These adjacent teeth, then anchor the bridge in place so that it does not shift when speaking or eating. Then, you can remove it for easy cleaning and maintenance.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
A fixed bridge is in some ways similar to its removable counterpart. They too can replace one or more teeth. These, though, are permanent. One option for making them permanent and strong is the use of crowns. These are secured to the surface of your adjacent teeth and anchor the bridge in place. This is a good option if your remaining teeth are healthy, but you have a gap from a single tooth.
Another option is better used when you have several missing teeth in a row. This type of fixed bridge utilizes dental implants, one on either side of the bridge. Then, the bridge is secured in place to the implants, not to any remaining teeth. You cannot remove either of these options for cleaning or maintenance, but they do give you the ability to treat them no differently from your natural teeth, giving you less to think or worry about.
If you have missing teeth and are interested in finding out more about dental bridges, give us a call here at Todd Rogers Dental today, and we can set up a time for you to come in and get all of your questions answered. It is essential that you get these gaps filled, not only for your cosmetic appearance and self-esteem but also for your long-term health.