Missing teeth can cause multiple problems. For example, without a full set of teeth, you may find it difficult to eat and speak properly. Spaces in your smile provide extra places for plaque and bacteria to accumulate, leading to gum disease and tooth loss. And, missing teeth give your remaining teeth room to drift out of alignment.
Dental implants are great solution for replacing lost teeth, but not everyone is a candidate for implants, or can afford them. Other people may not want to undergo the oral surgery necessary for implant placement. Dentures are a good tooth replacement, but some people find them uncomfortable and don’t want the extra work of cleaning them. However, a dental bridge may be a great compromise.
A dental bridge is usually placed over the course of two visits. During your first visit, the dentist will remove the enamel from the teeth at each end of the gap in your dentition. They will be used to anchor the bridge. Then, he will take an impression of the area, which will be used to create your bridge. When it is ready, the dentist will attach the bridge to two permanent crowns which will be placed over the anchoring teeth.
Your crowns need healthy gums to do their jobs, and your teeth are still susceptible to decay at the gum line. You will need to brush and floss your bridge, just as you do your natural teeth. If you find it difficult to floss around your bridge, talk to our dentist about using a floss threader or a water flosser.
If you need to fill out your smile, why not call 201-444-1048 to plan a visit to JDA DMD, LLC to learn more about dental bridges in Ridgewood, New Jersey? We look forward to seeing you soon!