If you are missing around one to three teeth, then you might be a candidate for a dental bridge. A dental bridge will help you bridge the gap that is left by the missing teeth. This is a good option when you do not want to have a dental implant placed.
You should have good oral and dental health before considering getting dental bridges. You should not have gum disease, as getting a dental bridge may begin to worsen your symptoms. It is a good idea to seek treatment for your gum disease before getting a dental bridge.
To get a traditional dental bridge, you should have teeth that are strong enough and healthy. That way, they will be able to support the crowns on the sides of the bridge. The teeth on either side of the bridge must be able to take a crown.
If the teeth are not strong enough, they may begin to get infected. Then your bridge may fail. The good news is that if your nearby teeth are not strong enough, you still have some options. For example, an implant-supported bridge is supported by the bone in your jaw, not the surrounding teeth.
If you are getting a bridge that is supported by an implant, you should have a good density in your jawbone. If you do not have sufficient bone in your jawbone, you may be able to get bone grafting first. In this procedure, some bone is removed from one part of your body, usually your soft palate. Then it is placed in either your upper or lower jawbone.
If you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, then the dentist will place a crown on either tooth near the gap. The bridge will be attached to the crowns. Then you will most likely have impressions taken of your teeth. This will ensure that the new bridge will not cause issues with your bite.
For implant-supported bridges, you will have one or more implants placed. Then the bridge will be placed on top of the implants.
If you have one missing tooth, it is a good idea to get it replaced as soon as possible. When you do not replace the missing tooth, your other teeth may begin to shift toward the empty space. If this happens, you will need to have orthodontic work before getting a bridge.
Even if the teeth do not shift, it will still be difficult to clean the empty space. Your toothbrush may not fit properly into the small area. However, it will still be big enough to trap food particles. When you have a bridge, food particles are less likely to become stuck in the area. Then you can floss between the teeth around the area.
If you are interested in getting a dental bridge, visit Le Smile in Vienna, Virginia. Our experienced dentist would be happy to speak with you.