At Blue Sky Dental, we are committed to giving you the best options for whatever fits your oral health needs. When tooth loss strikes it’s terribly important to consider a tooth replacement option to avoid a number of issues that can arise due to tooth loss. From removable tooth replacement options like partial and full dentures to dental implants that integrate with the bone structure of your jaw, we have a variety of tooth replacement options to choose from. One of the most popular tooth replacement options available is the permanent dental bridge.
Why replace missing teeth?Loosing a tooth might not seem like too big of a deal, but it can have a dramatic impact on your overall oral health.
When you lose a tooth, a few things happen. Contrary to popular belief, teeth aren’t stationary in your mouth, rather they are supported by their neighbors and can shift about as thing change in your mouth. While they are supported by their neighbors these shifts are generally fairly minor, but when you lose a tooth it can result in much larger shifts. The teeth around the lost tooth can dramatically shift into the void left behind by the lost tooth, and their neighbors can move as well. These changes can result in chipping and cracks in your teeth as your bite begins to suffer. Jaw pain and fatigue usually accompany changes in the way your bite fits together.
What are fixed dental bridges?A fixed dental bridge is a time tested tooth replacement option that uses two healthy teeth or dental implants to anchor it in your mouth permanently. A bridge can be used to replace anywhere from one to four teeth. They are made to look just like your real teeth, usually out of a ceramic material like zirconia. We can also fashion dental bridges out of a variety of other materials depending on the teeth that it will be used to replace.
Advantages of Dental BridgesDental bridges have been used to replace teeth for a very long time. As a result, the technology and craft of making and placing dental bridges is very well documented. They are very successful in permanently restoring your ability to eat and speak in a normal way. They are easy to take care of and don’t require any special treatment when it comes to dental hygiene. They are versatile because they can be supported by either your natural teeth or dental implants and because they can replace multiple teeth at once.
Drawbacks of Dental BridgesThe one drawback that dental bridges have arises when you are considering having one placed using natural teeth as the anchor points. The teeth that are used to support a dental implant must be substantially altered in order to allow the bridge to fit on top of them. As a result, the teeth that are used to anchor the bridge are not able to act as functional teeth again without some form of restoration placed over them.
If you would like to learn more about dental implant, or if you would like to setup an appointment to be seen by Dr. Daby, please call us at (503) 345-9693.
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