Tooth replacement is an important aspect of dentistry. Thankfully, we have many replacement options to offer our patients. Dental bridges, implants, and dentures are all viable restorative options. All three are commonly done. At Rock River Dental in Fort Atkinson, WI, we let patients decide what they want based on their needs.
Dental bridges are a common choice for most people who want a simple and permanent option but don’t want implants. At Rock River Dental, we recommend dentures to patients who want a removable option.
A single bridge can replace more than one missing tooth. If a patient has two or three consecutive missing teeth, they can all be replaced using a large bridge. It can also be used to replace a single missing tooth. The artificial teeth on a bridge are connected to the skeleton of the bridge. This skeleton or frame is then attached to the adjacent natural teeth.
The problem we sometimes face is that the adjacent teeth might not be strong enough to support a bridge. These teeth need to be fitted with crowns too, and sometimes patients don’t want that. If a bridge is placed and the adjacent teeth start to decay over time, the bridge can fall or become loose.
While the teeth on a bridge are artificial, they need to be taken care of. Bridges can stain, so if you want to keep them, and the rest of your teeth, looking great, you should take good care of what you eat. Patients also need to brush and floss thoroughly.
Brushing and flossing around the bridge and where it’s attached is important. Bacteria can cause trouble if they get into these small spaces and can damage the adjacent teeth holding the bridge in place. Proper dental hygiene can prevent these issues and make your bridge last longer. Bridges can last up to 15 or 20 years if taken care of properly. We can also monitor their condition during checkups.