Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure they are strong and durable. Dental bridges can restore multiple missing teeth and improve the function and aesthetics of the smile.
Dental Bridge in Galveston, TX
A bridge begins by creating abutments from your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken from the area and sent to a dental lab. The lab can use the mold to create a bridge that fits properly and feels as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge in our Galveston, TX, office while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and make it look more appealing than missing teeth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow-up visit to set up the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments, and the dentist will then use an adhesive to ensure the bridge is set.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days, it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you can eat whatever you want without issues.
If you are missing a tooth, you should consider replacing it. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, making eating or speaking difficult. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.
Caring for Dental Bridges
You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing because it could become dislodged. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in.
There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain does not go away.
When the permanent bridge is placed, it may feel awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural teeth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal, you should let your dentist know. Caring for your bridge is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.
Restore Missing Teeth Today
See if a dental bridge is the right treatment for your smile. Call Broadway Dental at 409-235-0789 or request a dental appointment online.