Bridges


Tooth loss can happen for many reasons. You could lose a tooth as a result of gum disease. A tooth may get knocked out while playing sports or if you fall and hit your face. A tooth may need to be extracted because it is severely damaged or decayed. Even if you lose only one tooth, that missing tooth can have several significant effects on your life. At Olson Family Dental, we can restore a missing tooth with a bridge.

What Happens When I Lose a Tooth?


Tooth loss has many significant effects on your life, even if you lose only one.
•  Depending upon the location of the tooth, your smile is affected. This can impact your confidence.
•  Your abilities to bite and chew are affected. When you cannot chew properly, your digestion and nutrition suffer.
•  Food can get stuck in the empty spaces between your teeth, increasing your risk of developing oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
•  Excessive pressure is placed on your adjacent teeth. This can significantly increase your risk of being faced with tooth damage.
•  You may develop a lisp or have other difficulties speaking.
•  Your healthy teeth begin to shift out of alignment. This can then lead to issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder.

Bridges for Tooth Replacement


When you are missing just one tooth or as many as three consecutive teeth, a bridge may be recommended as a replacement. There are a few different types of bridges, including Maryland or resin bonded, cantilever, and fixed. Fixed bridges are the most frequently used. This bridge is typically made from a single piece of ceramic or porcelain. Your replacement tooth, or teeth, is set between two dental crowns. The crowns are used to anchor the bridge securely into place on your adjacent teeth, filling in the empty space left behind in your mouth.

Getting Your Bridge


The process for getting a bridge is similar to the procedure for getting a crown. The abutment teeth need to be prepared. This involves trimming, or removing, a portion of the enamel from each tooth to reduce their size. Done under a local anesthetic, trimming is necessary to ensure that the crowns fit over the abutment teeth and the bridge sits comfortably and naturally into place. After the teeth have been prepared, an impression is taken. The impression is used to design a custom bridge as well as fabricate it. Once the bridge is ready, it is checked for fit and bite before being secured into place with dental cement.

Benefits of Bridges


Bridges provide some different benefits, including:
•  You are able to bite and chew a wide variety of foods again.
•  With your chewing ability restored, your digestion, and nutrition, improves.
•  Your oral health improves.
•  You can speak properly again.
•  Your smile is restored, giving you back your confidence.
•  Your adjacent teeth are held in alignment. The bridge prevents the shifting of your healthy teeth.
•  Your facial features are filled out, restoring a more youthful appearance to your whole face.

Even if your missing tooth is not visible when you smile, it is still essential that you have it replaced as soon as possible. For more information on bridges, and to schedule your appointment, call Olson Family Dental today at (203) 663-3316.

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