What do you do when a light bulb burns out? You replace it. What happens when your car gets too old and keeps breaking down? You get a replacement vehicle. Fixing problems is important, mind you. But in the end, many things need to be replaced when they don’t work anymore.
When it comes to your teeth, all of that applies. If you have a tooth that cannot be repaired anymore, it’s time to find a replacement. The same is true when you lose a tooth. Maybe you had gum disease and started losing teeth. It could have come from a bad accident or a hockey injury. Some people even have tooth extractions when it becomes too damaged from cavities or injection.
Regardless of why, you really need to replace it. Until you do, your smile will look incomplete at best. Food particles can more easily get stuck in that space, increasing your chances of tooth decay (on the neighboring teeth) and gum disease. Plus, your whole smile could be affected. Your teeth literally lean on each other for support. Take out one, and the rest start sliding towards that gap in your smile.
There are several restorative dentistry treatments to replace missing teeth. One of the best is the dental bridge. Here’s how dental bridges can save your smile.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a non-invasive restorative dental treatment that replaces missing teeth. We start by measuring your teeth. Using that data to make your replacement tooth means you’ll get one that fits very well and looks like the one that went missing. Instead of using surgery to put in the replacement tooth, it will be connected to a pair of dental crowns. These crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap. This way, your replacement tooth is held securely without needing oral surgery.
Your missing tooth is replaced with a beautiful, functional tooth without any cutting. That’s not too shabby.
Three Kinds Of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges get their name because they’re kind of like real bridges. They bridge a gap. Like real bridges, there are several types of dental bridges:
- Traditional dental bridges are what we focus on at our Nashua, NH dental office. They are often used to replace just one missing tooth, but they can be used to replace several. The replacement tooth is fused with two dental crowns (called abutments since they abut or touch the replacement).
- Cantilever dental bridges are used to replace a tooth missing from the back of your mouth such as your second molars. There’s no other tooth to put an abutment crown on, so only one abutment crown is used to hold onto the replacement tooth.
- Implant-supported dental bridges normally replace several teeth in a row. These feature the same replacement teeth as traditional dental bridges, but instead of using two abutment crowns, it’s held in place by one or more implanted titanium roots.
Why We Focus On Traditional Bridges
The dentists at our Nashua, NH dental office use traditional dental bridges. That’s because we feel these are the best option for your missing teeth. Using two abutment crowns instead of one gives the replacement tooth enough stability and strength to last for years. Part of what makes dental bridges so great is how you don’t need surgery. Since implant-supported dental bridges need oral surgery to place those titanium roots, it seems counterproductive. A traditional dental bridge simply does a great job at replacing missing teeth.
Placing Dental Bridges
This dental restoration has been done many times at our Nashua, NH office. First, you’ll get measured so we can make a replacement tooth that fits well. When it comes back from the lab, you’ll come in for your appointment to have the abutment crowns fitted. A small amount of enamel has to be removed from the teeth neighboring the gap. That’s so the abutment crowns will fit flush with the rest of your teeth. Finally, the replacement and crowns are placed.
How Dental Bridges Can Save Your Smile
When you are missing teeth, your smile does not look nearly as good as it could. You might be embarrassed about your smile. It can be harder to eat the foods you love since you don’t have all of your teeth to chew with. It can even make your teeth start to go crooked. They rely on each other for stability. When one goes missing, the others can start to slide towards the gap.
Dental bridges put a replacement tooth in that space. Your smile will look complete. Since the replacement tooth in the dental bridge looks just like a real tooth, you’ll be proud of your smile. You can eat normally again with dental bridges. They even help keep your smile aligned and beautiful.
There you have it — that unsightly gap in your smile is gone, replaced by a beautiful looking tooth. If you’re ready to finally replace that lost tooth, call us at 603-546-7460.