If you are faced with tooth loss, crown and bridge treatment may be the best option for you.
A bridge is a custom-made device anchored to neighboring natural teeth, which replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one are prepared as crowns to hold the bridge in place. Bridges, sometimes referred to as a fixed partial denture, look natural and literally bridge the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Fixed bridges appear and function similar to natural teeth and remain in the mouth at all times. They can only be removed by your dentist.
BENEFITS OF CROWN AND BRIDGE TREATMENT
Restores lost teeth and supports remaining teeth
Restores and maintains your natural bite
Prevents undue stress on natural teeth
Improves your speech, smile and chewing ability
Helps prevent further dental decay and gum disease
Prevents tilting and shifting of adjacent teeth
Bridgework is a long-term solution that can help prevent a cycle of problems that can occur with a missing tooth. Whether it's due to decay, gum disease, injury or accident, loosing a tooth can cause many serious problems for your neighboring natural teeth. Usually, in just two appointments you can restore your smile, enhance your appearance and improve your overall dental health. To find out more about crown and bridgework, consult your dentist or hygienist.
CARING FOR BRIDGES
Good oral hygiene can help your bridge last a long time. If you do not properly control the build up of food debris and plaque, your teeth can become infected, resulting in decay and potential loss of your bridge. With proper care, a bridge can last eight to ten years, or longer. The difference between proper and improper care generally determines the success of the dental bridge.
PROPER CARE TIPS INCLUDE:
Brush the surfaces and sides of your bridge like you do your natural teeth with fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush after each meal
Floss at least once a daily. Special thick floss can help keep your bridge clean
Use an interdental brush to clean between large spaces
Have your teeth cleaned by your dental hygienist every six months
Avoid sticky foods like caramel, gum and taffy and crunchy foods like hard candy
Do not chew ice cubes