It’s hard to fully enjoy life if you are missing one or more teeth. Chewing some foods can be difficult, and depending on where the missing tooth is located, it can affect the way you speak as well. But living with one or more missing teeth can have other more serious consequences that many dental patients are unaware of. Dr. Burnett would like to remind his Garland, TX, area patients that living with missing teeth is never a good idea. Fortunately, there are several choices for how to replace missing teeth, one of which is the dental bridge.
What You Need to Know about Dental Bridges
A modern dental bridge is made up of one or more artificial teeth (which are actually crowns made from dental porcelain) that are mounted into a metal frame. The brackets that are located on each end of the frame fit over the patient’s existing teeth, which secures the bridge in place. The porcelain crowns are made to very closely match the shade of the patient’s natural teeth, so the bridge blends in quite well with the rest of the patient’s natural teeth.
Styles of Dental Bridges
Dr. Burnett provides patients with two styles of dental bridges: a fixed bridge, which cannot be removed by the patient; and a removable bridge, which can be removed. While each type has certain advantages and disadvantages, a fixed bridge provides some advantages in that it doesn’t move around inside the patient’s mouth, and the wearer can simply brush and floss as they normally would with no special cleaning routine required. Still, removable bridges are available for patients who prefer them. If you choose a removable bridge, you’ll need to remove it and clean it in much the same way as you would a set of dentures, making sure to keep the bridge soaking in water when it’s not in use.