Questions About Your Dental Bridge
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a false tooth used to replace a missing tooth. The bridge can be secured to dental crowns on either side of the missing tooth, or it can be attached to adjacent, natural teeth.
Are There Any Complications Associated With Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a safe and effective way to replace missing teeth. Some problems can arise if your teeth are not properly cared for, and these problems can interfere with the function of your bridge. However, with proper at-home care and biannual visits to Cooley Smiles for examinations and cleanings, your dental bridge should provide a permanent solution for missing teeth.
What Is the Proper Way to Care for a Dental Bridge?
You should care for your dental bridge in the exact way you care for your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing twice daily is vital to reduce plaque buildup and remove food particles that can lead to decay. Flossing your dental bridge may be difficult at first, but with practice this will become easier. It is equally important to have professional cleanings at our office at least twice a year to make sure all of your teeth are as healthy as possible.
Why Should I Have Missing Teeth Replaced?
Missing teeth provide an obvious cosmetic issue, but more importantly they can impact the function of your mouth. When teeth are missing, your adjacent teeth may begin to move in order to compensate. This can cause additional gaps in your smile. Missing teeth also change the way your bite distributes pressure, putting undue stress on your remaining teeth and impacting your jaw. Missing teeth can also cause your jaw to collapse, resulting in changes to the shape of your face and introducing a host of new dental concerns.
What Is the Difference Between a Dental Bridge and a Dental Implant?
Dental bridges are secured to adjacent teeth, whereas dental implants are anchored into your jaw and serve as a replacement root. Both options provide solutions for missing teeth. Dental bridges are traditionally less expensive because they will need to be replaced at some point in your life, but they are also much less invasive and do not require nearly as much preparation. In general, our Cooley Smiles dentists will recommend dental implants if you have enough bone structure to support the implant.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Dental Bridges?
Anyone missing a tooth is an ideal candidate for dental bridges. The Bellevue cosmetic dentists at Cooley Smiles will work closely with you to ensure that the best solution for replacing your missing teeth is provided.
Please contact the experienced cosmetic dentists at Cooley Smiles today to see if dental bridges are the appropriate solution to replace your missing teeth. We serve patients in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington.