Are you missing one or more teeth? Does your smile feel incomplete? Many people struggle with tooth loss and its effects on their confidence and overall well-being. Fortunately, dental bridges can provide a natural-looking solution to this common problem.
Perhaps you were born missing a tooth, or maybe you had a tooth removed as part of a tooth extraction. You may have even had one or more teeth knocked out in a traumatic accident. Dr. Hart can work with you to replace missing teeth using a dental bridge.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is typically made up of two or more dental crowns placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, with an artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle. The crowns serve as anchors, holding the bridge in place and creating a seamless transition between the natural teeth and the artificial ones.
There are different ways we can anchor the implant in place, and we will go over all options with you to ensure we find the best possible choice for your needs.
When Is a Dental Bridge Needed?
There are several reasons why a dental bridge might be necessary. One of the most common is tooth loss due to decay or injury. If a missing tooth is not replaced, it can lead to a variety of problems, including shifting of the surrounding teeth, difficulty chewing, and a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
In addition to addressing functional issues, dental bridges can also help improve the appearance of your smile. They can fill in gaps, correct misaligned teeth, and enhance overall symmetry and balance. You can even use a dental bridge as a placeholder if you are interested in getting a dental implant later.
What Are the Types of Dental Bridges?
There are several different types of dental bridges, each with unique benefits and considerations:
- Traditional Bridges: The most common type of bridge, traditional bridges are made of porcelain or ceramic and are held in place by dental crowns on either side of the gap.
- Cantilever Bridges: Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one tooth next to the gap. They are not as strong as traditional bridges and may not be recommended for areas of the mouth that experience a lot of biting and chewing.
- Maryland Bridges: These bridges are made of a metal framework with a porcelain or ceramic tooth attached. They are bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth, making them a more conservative option that requires less alteration of the surrounding teeth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: Implant-supported bridges are held in place by dental implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They offer exceptional stability and are an excellent option for patients with multiple missing teeth.
The right bridge for one person may not necessarily be the right dental bridge for you. We can work with you to help you find the right dental bridge to meet your needs.
How Do I Take Care of a Dental Bridge?
Caring for a dental bridge is relatively straightforward. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also essential to ensure that your bridge is in good condition and to catch any potential issues early.
It is also a good idea to avoid hard or sticky foods that could damage or dislodge your bridge. If you play sports or engage in other physical activities, consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and bridge. We will provide instructions to help you protect your dental bridge and ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Make an Appointment With Hart Dental Group Today
At Hart Dental Group, we understand the importance of a healthy, beautiful smile. Our experienced team of dental professionals is committed to providing personalized, compassionate care to help you achieve your oral health goals. You deserve a full, complete smile, and we can help you get there.
Whether you need a dental bridge or another restorative or cosmetic dental procedure, we are here to help. We proudly serve patients in Upper Arlington, Grandview, and the surrounding Columbus region, and we can help you as well. Schedule an appointment by calling us at (614) 486-1123.