Dental Bridges in Waxahachie
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A missing tooth can be a serious issue. Teeth were made to work together so when you lose one, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw could also shift into the space. This could place stress on your teeth and jaw joints, potentially causing pain or damage. It goes without saying that a missing tooth could make you feel subconscious and less likely to smile.
The experienced dentists with Waxahachie Family Dentistry® can close the gap from a missing tooth with the use of a dental bridge. The healthy teeth on either side of the gap are responsible for anchoring the false tooth, called a pontic. Pontics are usually made from porcelain so they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Dental bridges may need to be replaced, generally every 5 to 15 years. With proper care, your dental bridge could last a bit longer!
Types of Dental Bridges:
There are four main types of dental bridges commonly used by dental professionals. The traditional dental bridge is the most popular solution and consists of a fake tooth being held in place by crowns that have been cemented to each of the neighboring teeth. A cantilever dental bridge is held in place by a dental crown that is only cemented to one neighboring tooth. Similar to the traditional route, a Maryland dental bridge uses a framework of metal or porcelain that is bonded to the back of the neighboring teeth to harness the fake tooth. An implant-supported dental bridge is common for more intensive cases, where an implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth. The implants then hold the dental bridge in position. Our knowledgeable and experienced dentists will advise which type of dental bridge is best for your situation.
Caring For Your Dental Bridge
Following proper dental health practices is essential for the longevity of your dental bridge. Brushing your teeth twice and flossing once every day is advised to remove plaque from all of your teeth. Be sure to always clean between your teeth and under the bridge itself to remove any build-up that can cause future issues. If you are experiencing any issues, make an appointment with us right away! Regular appointments will ensure your dental bridge and the rest of your teeth are clean and healthy.