Dental bridges are a restorative treatment that uses the support of surrounding teeth to hold prosthetic teeth in place. Bridges can be fixed or removable; Dr. Samantha Leatherwood can use dental implants to secure bridges in her Denton, TX office. Dental implants offer a more permanent solution to missing teeth and help make sure restorations like bridges are secure and stable. Dental bridges that are supported by dental implants improve bone retention and balance the bite.
Dental Bridge Treatment in Denton, TX
Before recommending a dental restoration, Dr. Leatherwood must first determine your candidacy for dental bridge treatment. The best candidates for dental bridges have healthy teeth and gums. However, any existing dental problems may be addressed prior to bridge treatment. Once these problems are addressed, Dr. Leatherwood will create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs, goals, and budget.
A dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns or dental implants. Dr. Leatherwood may prepare the teeth adjacent to missing teeth if they are supporting a removable bridge. Removable bridges are supported by natural teeth capped off with dental crowns. If the dental bridge is supported by dental implants, then they are surgically implanted first. After the implants heal, the bridge is added later on. As with implant-supported dental bridges, removable bridges require some time between the tooth preparation and the final restoration. Dr. Leatherwood will give an estimate of your treatment time depending on whether you are receiving dental crowns or implants to secure your bridge.
Two or more consecutive missing teeth can be replaced by an implant-supported dental bridge. Utilizing dental implants will help your fake teeth operate and look like natural teeth. You eliminate the need to degrade healthy adjacent teeth when using implant fixtures to secure a bridge. Additionally, the presence of the fixtures in the bone will prevent it from degrading. Implant posts provide stimulation for the bone similar to how natural teeth roots do. Preventing bone loss is important to maintaining the natural shape of your face. People who have jawbone loss develop deep wrinkles around the mouth, the chin appears to stick out more, and the mouth is sunken into the face.
The downside to using dental implants is they cost more money and treatment time is longer. However, using implant fixtures to support your dental bridge is more like an investment into your quality of life. This treatment is the next best thing to having natural teeth.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
After you have received your dental bridge you will need to ensure that you are brushing and flossing around and underneath the dental bridge to avoid food residue getting caught in the hardware. We also suggest avoiding excessively crunchy or chewy foods to prevent damage to the dental bridge. Proper care means your bridge will last for many years.
Can my teeth under the bridge decay?
Unfortunately, yes they can. Which is why good oral hygiene habits are a must if you have a dental bridge. Food and bacteria can get under the bridge and make their way to the abutment teeth. Our helpful staff will show you how to remove food that gets stuck and how brush and floss properly around the bridge. Proper at home care and regular dental cleanings will help prevent tooth decay when you have a dental bridge.
Why does my dental bridge hurt?
It is important to reach out to Dr. Leatherwood as soon as possible if you experience pain around the bridge. This could be a sign of tooth decay under the bridge. It also could mean that your bridge does not fit properly anymore and may need to be adjusted or even replaced.
Are there any eating restrictions with dental bridges?
If you have a dental bridge, you can enjoy the same foods that you always have. Technically, there are no restrictions however most dentists will advise you not to each sticky or hard foods. These suggestions apply even with natural teeth.
Call Our Dental Office
Restore the look and function of your smile by replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge. Request an appointment with Dr. Leatherwood on our website. You can also call our office at 940.398.0181. Our office serves patients from Denton, Corinth, and the surrounding areas.