Fixed Bridges in Farmington
A Stable Solution that Renews Your Smile
When you’ve lost a tooth or more than one teeth, your life changes in so many ways. First of all, just knowing that other people can see that hole in your smile can make some people very self-conscious. They may not only smile less often, but also avoid talking with others or joining friends when they go out to dinner.
And speaking of dinner—lunch and breakfast, too—eating can become a challenge, too. Even one missing tooth can make enjoying certain foods so difficult that some people simply eliminate those foods from their diets. Consequently, missing teeth can cause a degree of malnutrition, especially if fresh fruits and vegetables are not part of your daily meals.
Last but not least, having a missing tooth can lead to other oral health problems. Tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to develop in people with missing teeth. In addition, teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile may shift, thereby causing bite misalignment and discomfort.
Solving the Dilemma of Missing Teeth with a Fixed Bridge
If you've lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth. It can correct a misaligned bite as well, improving chewing function and speech articulation and providing internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth); it consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren't available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis.
And because a fixed bridge is a permanent oral prosthetic, you don’t have to worry about any special care. You’ll brush your bridge just as you do your other teeth, and floss between your natural teeth and the teeth that have crowns. We’ll also give you a special floss threader so you can clean underneath the bridge, where plaque and food debris can become trapped. With proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to 10 years.
If you are plagued by the challenges of missing teeth, then please contact Monet Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Metzger will be glad to consult with you to determine if a fixed bridge is the ideal solution for you.