5 Signs It’s Time to Talk to The Dentist about Fixed Bridges
A fixed dental bridge is a great way to replace missing teeth. It is permanently secured in the mouth by a dentist. The traditional bridge, a more popular option, is made from metal and porcelain that is fused onto anchoring teeth through the use of crowns (caps). These bridges are durable and last many years. The quality of the dentist’ work and the oral hygiene practices of the user with both play a factor in the longevity of the restoration.
5 Signs a Fixed Bridge is Needed
- It has been determined by the dentist that the patient is not a good candidate for dental implants. This occurs when there is not enough healthy bone present to secure the implant.
- Leaving a space unfilled interferes with chewing and/or diminishes the aesthetics of a healthy smile. If a person finds themselves limiting their diet or keeping their smile private, it’s a good sign to ask about fixed bridges.
- Teeth adjacent to the opening begin to ache. If a space is left for too long, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift into the open space. A fixed bridge fills that spot and keeps teeth in their place.
- Replace removable denture for a more permanent option. Accidental slips while eating or talking are can be embarrassing. They may also create a level of discomfort especially if it happens daily. If removable partial dentures are creating daily problems, it’s time for a permanent solution.
- A permanent fixture will help to preserve the integrity of the face. Gaps will eventually cause a facial structure to collapse changing the shape of the face and create premature wrinkles. If a gap has been left open long enough, the signs will be seen in the mirror.
What to expect when getting a fixed bridge
If the possibility of a dental implant has been discarded, the dentist will move on to the second best option, a fixed bridge. Once the treatment plan is set, the dentist will discuss the process necessary to permanently set a fix bridge in place. This treatment will take at least two office visits.
The two anchoring teeth will need to have enamel removed in order to accommodate room for the crowns. Molds are made and then sent to the lab. Once the bridge is complete, it is sent back to the dentist. In the meantime, the patient is sent home with a temporary bridge.
The final bridge is set permanently into place on the second visit (usually about 2 weeks later). With take-home care instructions, a patient should adjust to the new bridge in a day or two.
Don’t Ignore the Signs!
It is important to pay attention to the signs. When dentists correct problems in a timely fashion, the risk for new problems diminishes.Call East Boca Dental Implants and Prosthodontics to put an end to gaps created by missing teeth.