One of the most common methods for replacing lost teeth is to use a dental bridge. Attached at either end by a crown on the neighboring teeth, the bridge suspends fake tooth or two over the gap.
Dr. Aiello places lots of high-quality dental bridges for a variety of patients.
Why Get a Dental Bridge?
Is a bridge right for you? After considering all the upsides and drawbacks to getting a fixed dental restoration, you’ll be in a position to make the best decision.
You need something to chew with. Without replacing those lost teeth, you won’t be chewing your food evenly. The other side of your mouth will get more wear.
Maintain tooth spacing as soon as possible. The longer you leave that gap unfilled, the more likely your other teeth are to shift out of alignment and create more problems.
A bridge is an instant fix. As far as tooth replacements go, a dental bridge is one of the fastest options out there.
You don’t need to remove your bridge to clean it. Unlike a partial denture, there’s no risk of your bridge slipping or being lost.
Why Avoid a Dental Bridge?
At least two teeth will be compromised. The two teeth on either side of the gap could be perfectly healthy. But they will need to be crowned to anchor your bridge. Crowning them could open them up to problems down the road.
Bone under the bridge will eventually shrink. As long as there are no tooth roots in the empty space, the bone under the gums will continue to shrink.
You need to be disciplined in cleaning your bridge. You can’t just place a bridge and leave it. You need to be diligent about cleaning it daily. This includes brushing it, flossing around the crowns, and cleaning the space between the gums and the bridge.
A bridge is better than nothing at all. But considering some of the cons, you may realize that another option would suit you better. Visit Dr. Michael Aiello’s office to learn more about tooth replacement.