Prosthetic dentistry is an incredible field that helps patients recover after losing one or many teeth. Every case is different, so your dentist will have to determine what the best treatment method is for your situation. However, in almost every case, there is a dental prosthetic that can effectively rebuild your smile after suffering tooth loss. Dental bridges are one such option. A dental bridge can replace a single missing tooth, or a series of missing teeth. How can you be sure that a dental bridge will work to rebuild your smile? You’ll want to talk to your dentist, but here are some things to consider.
A Dental Bridge Uses Abutment Teeth for Stabilization
You may first be wondering what, exactly, a dental bridge is. Dental bridges are a single or series of replacement teeth (known commonly as “pontics”) held together by dental crowns. Crowns are tooth-like caps that fit over your teeth to protect them from damage. Often, crowns are used when a cavity is too severe for a filling alone, or if the patient needs root canal therapy. In the case of a dental bridge, the crowns are used to hold the bridge in place. The crowns will fit over the abutment teeth — the teeth on either end of the missing teeth — to hold the whole prosthetic in place.
Your Abutment Teeth Must Be Healthy for Your Dental Bridge to Work
Since your dental bridge relies on stability from the abutment teeth on either end of the missing teeth, those teeth need to be sturdy enough to support the bridge. Your dentist can examine these teeth to determine whether or not they’re healthy enough to support the bridge. Often, cases of adult tooth loss are caused by tooth decay and bacterial infection. That infection can spread, and its effects might not be immediately obvious. If the teeth surrounding your missing teeth suffer from cavities or gum disease, your dentist will want to treat these problems before fabricating your dental bridge.
In Cases of Extensive Tooth Loss, You May Need Dentures
Dental bridges can effectively replace a series of missing teeth, but since they need the support of other healthy teeth, there is a limit to the applications of a dental bridge. If you have extensive tooth loss throughout a dental ridge (top or bottom set of teeth), your dentist may recommend a denture. A denture can replace all of the teeth in a dental ridge, but a partial denture can replace select teeth while leaving others in place. If a dental bridge isn’t enough to replace your missing teeth, dentures may be the solution.
Greenhaven Family Dental Offers Prosthetic Solutions
If you have suffered from tooth loss, don’t let this condition continue to cause problems for you. Learn about your prosthetic options at Greenhaven Family Dental. The solutions that Dr. Roberts and his staff create can rebuild your smile. Schedule a consultation with Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN by calling the office at 218-454-0523.