Missing teeth pose numerous problems to your dental health. Apart from affecting your appearance, the gaps cause an uneven distribution of chewing and biting pressure. Also, they can cause bone atrophy, which is the reduction of bone density. This will eventually cause the dental structure to weaken.
Replacing your missing teeth is important to preserving your bone density, and there are several options you can choose from, like bridges.
Dental bridges near you are an ideal solution if you are looking for a non-invasive procedure.
Dental bridges are false teeth that bridge the gap caused by the lost teeth. They come in different types like:
All these types are fixed, but you can get removable dental bridges, that can be taken out and cleaned. A dentist near you will first examine your teeth to determine the best kind of bridge.
The process of getting dental bridges in Jamaica Plain is done in two dental visits:
The dentist will trim the teeth depending on the thickness of the bridges needed. Next, he will take a mold of the reshaped teeth to make the permanent bridges. It can take a few weeks to get the bridges, so the dentist will cover the teeth with temporary bridges to protect them from sensitivity.
There will be a transition period after the bridges are fixed because the gums need a little time to get used to the bridges. Your speech will be slightly affected when they are first fixed, but this will clear after a while.
No, the bridges do not stop the bone loss; they will slow it down. This is because the bridges only ‘bridge’ or cover the missing teeth. Dental implants are more effective in stopping bone loss than bridges.
The dental bridges can last for many years, at least 15, but eventually, they will need replacing because of wear and tear. Poor oral hygiene and habits will also affect the durability of the bridges, and you may need a replacement.
It is important to care for the bridges by having high standards of hygiene. Additionally, avoid the over consumption of staining foods like wine and coffee that can cause the bridges to stain and discolor. Do not use your teeth as tools or bite hard objects.
Visit Pondside Dental Associates for more information about dental bridges and how they are fixed.