Dental Bridges IN MEDFORD, OR
Each one of your teeth has an important role in the uniformity of your mouth. Each tooth plays a part in how you speak, how you chew, and where the rest of the teeth in your mouth sit. Plus, your teeth are important in keeping up with the integrity of your jaw itself.
In order to keep up that uniformity and to keep your jawbone strong, if you happen to lose a tooth, you need to put something there to replace that tooth, otherwise the way you speak and chew, and where the rest of the teeth in your mouth sit will be disrupted. One of the best options for replacing a missing tooth is getting a dental bridge.
What exactly is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental device that contains a false tooth, and used to fill a gap where a natural tooth once was. The gap can lead to a shifting of your teeth, speech impairment, or a struggle when it comes to chewing the foods you once loved.
Having a missing tooth can also increase your chances of developing gum disease and having your jaw bone begin to deteriorate where the natural tooth once sat. The device can be something you can take in and out, or something that stays in your mouth all the time. If your dental bridge is something that stays in, the surrounding teeth need to be filed down some so that dental crowns can be placed on those teeth to support the weight and the stress that the dental bridge will be under.
What do you need to know about dental bridges?
Dental bridges are created to fit your specific needs. Typically, most dental offices around the world must send out to have crowns made, so there are a few steps that you need to expect.
First, Dr. Fagundes will make sure that the area is healed up from having the other tooth removed. If it is and your dental bridge is going to be one that stays in your mouth, then the teeth beside the missing tooth need to be filed down in order to support the dental crown that is necessary to hold the bridge in place. Once those teeth are filed down, we will go through and make a mold of your mouth with the filed down teeth. We then take that mold and send it out to our lab and have them create the bridge for us to apply.
Once we get the bridge back from the lab, we have you come back and make sure that the crown fits everything in your mouth perfectly. We need to ensure it fits over the filed down teeth, sits comfortably on your gums, matches up with the teeth opposing the bridge so you can bite and chew successfully once the bridge is in place. Any adjustments that need to be made are done so at this appointment.
If the bridge needs to be sent out for these adjustments, we will need you to come back in a third time to place the bridge. However, if your bridge fits, we can then cement it in place, giving you the benefits of being able to eat normally once you leave our office.
Your dental bridge is going to be composed of one of the following ingredients: gold or similar alloys, porcelain, or some combination of all of these ingredients. Typically, porcelain will not be used on its own, as it is too delicate, so it must be fused on to one of the metals to help it remain strong. If your dental bridge is going to be one that you take in and out, the bridge will still fill in the gap, but instead of crowns, you will have wires that will hold the tooth in place, typically in the form of a dental retainer. It will still take a few dental appointments to get your dental bridge fit perfectly, and may need occasional adjustments, but it will help keep your mouth strong and your teeth in place, much the same way that a fixed dental bridge would.
How are you to take care of your dental bridge?
Just as you take care of your regular teeth, you should also care for your dental bridge. You must brush your teeth carefully and thoroughly at least two times each day. You must also floss around your bridge daily to ensure there are no bits of debris stuck in the gaps around your bridge. If you chose to have a removable dental bridge, then you need to make sure to take it out and brush it each time you brush your teeth. It is something your dentist will be looking at closely at each of your six-month checkups.
If you are in need of a dental bridge, contact us today. Dr. Fagundes can help you figure out the best type of dental bridge for your situation, and help you get the process started to help save your teeth and improve your dental health!