Living with a missing tooth is far from easy because your smile is affected. At Edgartown Dental Group in Edgartown, MA, we notice this can leave patients in significant distress. The cosmetic disturbance isn’t the only issue with a missing tooth, as some patients experience difficulty eating and talking as well.
We have many restorative options here at Edgartown Dental Group, including dental bridges.
A dental bridge is one of the most popular ways of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. You have the artificial tooth in the gap left by the natural tooth, and it’s supported by attachments to the adjacent natural teeth. For a dental bridge to work, the adjacent teeth have to be healthy and capable of supporting it.
That doesn’t mean you can only get a bridge to replace a single tooth. If you have two or three missing teeth next to each other, you’ll just need a longer bridge with 3 artificial teeth. Work needs to be done to the supporting teeth to allow attachment, and if they deteriorate or decay over the years, the bridge will likely fall.
Dental bridges are permanent. You won’t be able to take them off and rinse them at the end of the day. The only way to remove or replace a dental bridge would be at the dentist’s office. You’ll have almost no restrictions with a bridge. Just try to avoid eating particularly hard foods.
Dental hygiene is also important. Having an artificial tooth doesn’t mean neglecting brushing and flossing. If the bridge isn’t taken care of properly, it’ll stain. Almost all artificial dental products, including bridges, are resistant to teeth whitening products. The only way to get rid of deep stains on a bridge would be to replace it.
We’ll prioritize making you comfortable during the procedure, and we’ll give you instructions on what to do and expect the following few days.