Have you lost a tooth after a fall or a bad infection? At Salem Dental Group in Salem, MA, we have plenty of restorative options. These primarily include dental bridges, implants, and dentures. Living with a missing tooth bothers some people, while others are less eager to get a replacement.
At Salem Dental Group, we advise our patients that replacing a missing tooth is important. Getting a dental bridge or implant will help you speak and chew normally. It will also preserve your smile and keep your teeth where they’re supposed to be. Side effects of a missing tooth will become evident over time.
Getting a dental bridge can be a little scary, but it’s also exciting. A dental bridge is a skeleton or frame that carries an artificial tooth. It has to be attached on both ends to natural teeth. If the teeth surrounding the gap aren’t healthy enough, a dental bridge might not be your best option.
The adjacent teeth used for support have to be modified. They’re fitted with crowns so the bridge can be attached. A single bridge can be used to replace several missing teeth. If an entire row is missing, however, there won’t be anything to attach the bridge to. In these cases, a denture is preferred.
You’ll need to come in for a few visits until the bridge is finalized. We’ll make sure you’re as comfortable as can be while getting a bridge here in Salem Dental Group in Salem, MA. You’ll be able to live with very few limitations after getting a bridge. Patients are advised to take care of what they bite and chew. Bridges aren’t as durable as natural teeth.
We recommend that you avoid chewing on pencils, ice, and other hard objects or foods. Brushing your teeth regularly will also be required. Despite being artificial, dental bridges can stain over time. It’s also important to keep the teeth used for support as healthy as possible. By following these simple instructions, your bridge can last up to 15 years with little to no maintenance. Book your appointment today!