While our teeth are very strong they are not indestructible. Over the years, decay, injury, and other issues can lead to adult tooth loss. While brushing, flossing, and good oral care can help protect your teeth long term, even with perfect dental habits, it is possible for life to just happen and suddenly need to consider adult tooth replacement procedures. One of the most common and most frequently recommended solutions for adult tooth loss, especially for younger adults is a dental bridge. A dental bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing the false teeth next to the natural teeth and using a crown as an anchor. Dental bridges can last 5 to 15 years. Read on to learn more about what causes this large gap in time, and contact us for restorative dentistry in Revere.
There are a few different types of dental bridges. The most common bridge involves placing one fake tooth or a few adjacent fake tooth between the surrounding healthy teeth. This usually works by using one healthy tooth on either side of the bridge as the anchors. These teeth, referred to as abutment teeth receive a dental crown which locks the false teeth in-place. That said this isn’t always possible. Because our mouth curves, it is sometimes necessary to place a tooth with only one abutment tooth. This is called a cantilever dental bridge. There are also bridges that use dental bonds instead of crowns to anchor the teeth. These are referred to as Maryland dental bridges. Cantilever and Maryland are done less often because they often last less time when compared to a traditional dental bridge that has two anchors that utilize dental crowns.
At the point where the dental bridge meets your natural teeth (the dental crowns on the abutment teeth) there is an increased risk of decay. It is impossible for any joint or connection to be completely smooth. Because of this, there is now a new area where plaque and bacteria can grow. The same is true with fillings, the natural divets in our teeth, and the tight gaps between our teeth. These areas are always at the highest risk for dental decay. This can lead to a bridge loosening as the tooth decays underneath the bridge.
A dental bridge shouldn’t wiggle or feel loose. If your dental bridge starts to move or otherwise feel strange after a few months or years of having it, we would recommend calling a dentist. While it might not be a dental emergency, a quick exam can uncover any issues and if decay is causing the crown to loosen. In some cases it might be necessary to replace the crown or the entire bridge.
If you live in the Greater Boston area and are looking for a family dentist that can help with exams, treatments, and restorative care like dental bridges, please give us a call. Our office in Revere, would be happy to help you with dental care.
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