The team at Sherman Oaks Dental in Naperville is glad to work with patients to find the solutions they need to protect and care for their own natural teeth. Yet, when accidents and injuries happen and a tooth is severely damaged or even entirely lost, we will work to find the most cosmetically and practically suitable replacements for your situation.
In many cases, Dr. Weyneth will recommend the use of a dental bridge, which can either replace missing teeth or restore the full bite and look of a tooth that has been heavily damaged. Here’s what you need to know about dental bridges and why they are worth considering.
As the name suggests, dental bridges are used to bridge the missing parts of your smile. Essentially, they are artificial teeth that are created to resemble your natural teeth. They are held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. There are four types of dental bridges that are typically used:
Dental Bridges Can Either Replace Missing Teeth Or Restore The Full Bite And Look Of A Tooth That Has Been Heavily Damaged.
Whether or not you want to fit a dental bridge, and which type you want, is in part down to your choice, as well as what the dentist thinks will reliably secure the bridge in place. To help you decide, it’s worth knowing some of the health and other benefits that this treatment can provide:
Before your first appointment, a consultation with Dr. Weyneth will be held to inspect your existing teeth, to make sure that both teeth and gums are healthy enough to support the crowns and bridge itself. Following this, the abutment teeth will be prepared by removing some of the enamel on the teeth so that they have room to fit a crown on top. Impressions of these teeth are made, serving as the model that that dentist will use to make the bridge, pontic (replacement tooth) and crowns. During the wait for your second appointment, you will be provided with a temporary bridge that will restore your smile as well as protecting the exposed teeth and gums.
After some weeks, Dr. Weyneth will have made the final pontic, bridge, and crowns. First, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the underlying teeth may be cleaned if necessary. Then, the permanent bridge will be fitted, checked, and adjusted to ensure that it is comfortable and provides a healthy bite. In some cases, temporary cement may be used to hold it in place so you can see how it feels. If it needs to be adjusted, this can be done in a follow-up appointment.
The process for an implant bridge is somewhat different. During an initial appointment, the remaining tooth, if any does remain, will be removed. An incision will be made into the gum and hole drilled into the jawbone before the implant is inserted into the jawbone. Some weeks are given for the bone and implant to fuse. A second appointment is arranged to expose the implant, as the gums will have healed over it and a healing cap is put on it to ensure that the gums do not heal over it again. Once the healing is complete, the bridge is fit on top of the implant post.
Dr. Weyneth will provide detailed instructions on how to ensure the best aftercare possible so that you know how to take care of your new dental bridge. This will include tips of regular oral hygiene and when to seek further care if your bridge is not comfortable or stable enough.
Initially, there may be some discomfort as you get used to the feeling of the dental bridge. It may feel odd to eat or speak with it for a few days, but this feeling will soon subside. Providing that you ensure the proper care of the bridge with good oral hygiene and routine checkups, dental bridges can last up to fifteen years, if not longer.
If you have experienced tooth loss or severe damage and find that it’s impacting your confidence as well as the practical use of your teeth, a dental bridge may be the perfect solution. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sherman Oaks and schedule an appointment today. We will be glad to arrange an appointment with Dr. Weyneth and find the proper dental bridge you need to restore your smile.