You can suffer tooth loss for some different reasons. You may lose a tooth because of facial trauma, which can occur as a result of things such as a sports injury or a fall. Advanced stages of gum disease cause the bone in your jaw to weaken, which can then lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. You may even lose a tooth or two as a result of grinding and clenching, a condition known as bruxism. The teeth may fall out on their own, or you may require extraction. No matter how tooth loss happens, replacing those teeth is essential for restoring your oral health and functions of your mouth. At Trail Ridge Dental, we can replace missing teeth with a bridge.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is a restoration that is designed to replace missing teeth. It is commonly used to replace a single missing tooth but can replace up to three teeth. There are a few different types of bridges, but the most common type is a fixed bridge. This type of bridge, usually made from ceramic, is a single unit that consists of the replacement tooth set between two dental crowns. The crowns are there to anchor the bridge into place on your adjacent teeth. These teeth, called abutment teeth, provide stability for the restoration, holding it securely in place in your mouth.

What are Dental Bridges Used for?

Dental bridges are used to fill the gaps of missing teeth. They are basically a crown or several crowns that replace one or many missing teeth. Gaps need to be addressed because the teeth that are on each side of the gap tend to move into the gap. This will cause a bad bite. Having a bridge added not only helps you with eating but appearance as well.

What are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?

  • Your abilities to eat and speak are restored.
  • Your digestion, and your nutrition improve.
  • Your oral health improves.
  • You regain your smile and your confidence.
  • Your teeth are kept in proper alignment.
  • A bridge helps to fill out your facial features, restoring a more youthful appearance.

How do Dental Bridges Work?

Dental bridges use the teeth on both sides of the gap to create the bridge. The natural teeth become anchors for the crowns that need to be inserted. Dr. Visger will match the crowns to the color of your natural teeth. Impressions will be taken of your teeth and a bit of your existing teeth will be removed so that they are proper anchors for the bridge. The bridge is then affixed to the neighboring teeth similar to an orthodontic retainer. Metal supports fit around the teeth on each side in order to hold the bridge. Because of modern methods of dental imaging and creating prosthetic teeth, you should be able to eat all the foods you love! If the bridge is fitted properly, it will not slip or slide.

How is a Dental Bridge Placed?

Placing a bridge is similar to the process for placing crowns. First, the abutment teeth are prepared. This process involves removing a portion of the enamel from each tooth, reducing their size. Preparing the teeth is essential for ensuring that the bridge fits comfortably and naturally in your mouth.

Our office utilizes CEREC technology for the creation of ceramic restorations. After the teeth are prepared, we take digital impressions of your mouth. The impressions are displayed on a computer monitor, and we can use specialized software to design a custom restoration. The information is then sent from the computer to the in-house milling unit. A block of ceramic is then placed in the unit and the machine mills the bridge. When it is finished, the bridge is stained, finished, and polished. We check it for fit and bite. If no adjustments are needed, we cement the bridge into place in your mouth.

Why do I Need to Replace Missing Teeth?

Losing teeth is a serious issue. Even if you have only lost one tooth and it cannot be seen when you smile, it is imperative that the tooth is replaced. Without tooth replacement, you could be faced with complications such as:

  • Difficulty properly chewing your food. If you cannot chew properly, your digestive process is affected and can lead to nutritional deficiencies.
  • Your speech suffers. You may develop a lisp.
  • If the tooth is lost toward the front of the mouth, it can impact the quality of your smile and your confidence.
  • Your adjacent teeth begin to shift out of alignment, throwing off your natural bite. This can lead to bruxism and TMJ disorder.
  • You are at an increased risk for tooth damage. With uneven pressure put on your adjacent teeth, they are at a greater risk for cracks and chips.
  • You may be faced with an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Food particles and bacteria can get lodged in the empty space left behind.

Do you Need a Dental Bridge?

Call Trail Ridge Dental if you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth so we can determine if a bridge would be the best treatment for you!