“Is a dental bridge the right solution for me?” This question is frequently asked by many of our patients when they visit Reflections Dental. The answer is – it depends on your situation. A lot of factors can play a role in whether a dental bridge is an ideal solution for you.
When Is Dental Bridget The Perfect Solution?
A dental bridge is also known as an artificial tooth. It is attached to your adjacent teeth, requiring the strength of the adjacent teeth so it can function as a regular tooth does. A dental bridge is an option we give to our clients if they are not an ideal candidate for a dental implant.
Some patients opt for this solution because it is less expensive than dental implants. However, the price gap between the dental bridge and dental implant is closing because of the advancement in dental technology.
Unlike dental implants, dental bridges offer a speedy resolution to your tooth loss problem after tooth extraction. Dental bridges can take less than a month to complete. It is also a durable option; you can expect dental bridges to last for a long time. As long as it is properly maintained, bridges can last up to 15 years or even more.
However, the dental crowns used in bridges may need to be updated as a result of wear or new decay. It also requires special care at home. You must make sure that you clean underneath it and do not forget to floss around the teeth and with the crowns. As noted earlier, bridges can last a long time with diligent care.
Here at Reflections Dental, we are happy to offer our patients both dental bridge and dental implants as restorative options. Our dentists may also suggest having a combination of bridge and implant, depending on the patient’s case. If you would like to know which solution is better for your lifestyle and needs, you may schedule a consultation with us.
How To Take Care Of Dental Bridge?
A permanent dental bridge should be cared for the same way you care for your permanent teeth. You must clean properly in between the teeth. You may use a proxy brush or dental floss. It is vital to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your natural teeth’s enamel.
Cleaning your dental bridge will ensure that you will not develop cavities and develop inflammation around the gum tissue. You still need to visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and dental cleaning.
Make sure that you take care of your gums because the success of a dental bridge depends on the health of your gums. You may use toothpaste that can keep your gums healthy. You should also avoid damaging your new bridge by not eating hard foods, like ice or hard candy.
The bottom line is that to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge, make sure that you practice good oral hygiene.