There are two basic options for bridges: removable or fixed. Removable bridges are referred to as partial or full dentures and are described here.
A fixed porcelain bridge is the recommended treatment if you have one or more missing teeth. A fixed bridge permanently covers the gap created by the missing tooth (or teeth) with a new, permanent tooth. Fixed porcelain bridges are a popular cosmetic option because they resemble your natural teeth.
Dr. Dragos will always prefer to save the tooth, whenever possible. However, whether via dental implants or a fixed bridge, replacing a missing tooth is important for a variety of oral and systemic health reasons. Missing teeth affect your ability to chew and speak and can cause more stress on your jaw and TMJ (temporalmandibular joint, where your lower jaw and your upper jaw connect).
When a tooth goes missing, the surrounding teeth will drift and rearrange, leading to tooth decay and loss of bone. As a result, patients often present symptoms such as sunken cheeks, TMJ strain or chipped, spaced, or cracked teeth.
Brushing and flossing must be modified to properly clean around a bridge, and the correct techniques will be demonstrated in-office. Special appliances such as Water Piks and rinses may be used to help flush out the debris between teeth. Regular dental check-ups are also recommended in order to help keep your bridge clean and your gums healthy.
Would you like to know more about a fixed porcelain bridge and find out if this is the best solution for you? For any questions regarding post-op treatment and follow-up care please call our Fifth Avenue dental office at (212) 245-5817.