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Your dentists in Lincoln, NE, Drs. Sara Blome-Wubbles and Greg Blome understand just how much a missing tooth can affect you. Your lost tooth completely changes your smile and can make chewing a little difficult. Fortunately, dental bridges provide an effective tooth restoration solution.
Dental bridges fill the gaps in your teeth
Bridges are an excellent choice if you've lost one tooth or two adjacent teeth. The restorations consist of false teeth, or pontics, that replace your missing teeth, and dental crowns. Pontics are attached to hollow crowns, restorations that slide over supporting teeth on either side of your gap. The crown portions of the bridge are cemented on to the supporting teeth after they've been reduced in size slightly.
Cementing the crowns ensure that your bridge is comfortable and doesn't move when you eat. Bridges are a comfortable restoration option and feel very natural.
Bridges help you stay healthy
Missing teeth can make eating challenging, no matter where they're located. If eating certain foods becomes more trouble than its worth, you may decide to avoid them when you dine at your favorite Lincoln restaurant or prepare a meal at home. Unfortunately, eliminating foods from your diet can cause nutritional deficiencies that could increase your risk of illness.
Dental bridges restore your ability to eat a range of foods and help you stay healthy.
Your dental bridge prevents additional changes to your smile
Drifting teeth are a common issue after tooth loss. Your teeth may shift as they try to fill the gaps in your smile. As the teeth change position, they often overlap. Overlapping teeth change your appearance, which can be very upsetting if you previously had perfectly straight teeth. Your risk of tooth decay might also increase if it's hard to remove plaque between overlapping teeth.
In some cases, drifting teeth may also change your bite. If bite changes are severe, you might need orthodontic treatment to correct them. Bridges prevent nearby teeth from shifting, helping you avoid these consequences. The restorations are most effective in preventing changes to your smile if you receive them as soon as possible after tooth loss.
Restore your missing teeth with dental bridges. Call your Lincoln, NE, dentists, Drs. Sara Blome-Wubbles and Greg Blome, at (402) 483-7000 to schedule your appointment.
After a tooth has been extracted or lost, even if it has been missing for years, it is still a good idea to have it replaced. Some people opt for partial dentures, while others choose a more permanent option: dental bridges. Depending on the condition of your other teeth, dental bridges may be the perfect solution for your smile. This cosmetic treatment is offered at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE.
A bridge is made up of a false tooth (called a pontic) and two custom crowns. You need two healthy teeth located next to the open socket in order to get dental bridges that will last. This is because the crowns will be installed over the adjacent, healthy teeth and anchor the false tooth in the middle. It’s important to keep the bridge and your teeth clean on a daily basis to ensure the bridge lasts as long as possible.
How Bridges Help Your Smile
A number of patients prefer bridges over common removable denture devices. A bridge will help your smile in the following ways:
- It covers up the open socket where there is a missing tooth to stop food from getting trapped there.
- Chewing your food is easier and more enjoyable.
- You’ll be able to smile without the embarrassment of a large gap.
- There’s no need to take the bridge out to clean it. Just brush and floss around it normally.
The Process of Getting Bridges
At your first appointment with your Lincoln dentist to get dental bridges, the adjacent teeth will be formed into abutment for the crowns and impressions will be made. A dental technician will then create a custom shaped bridge device to fit your smile. At the final appointment, the device will be fitted to your teeth and adjusted as needed.
Fill in the Gaps
With dental bridges, you can finally fill in the gap that has been plaguing your smile. Call Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE at (402) 483-7000 today to schedule an appointment.
There are a number of dental treatments available that can replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge is an option that your family dentist may recommend, depending on your case. It can give you a tooth replacement that will last over a decade. Learn more about getting a dental bridge at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
To understand how a dental bridge works, think of how a bridge connects two bodies of land. In the center there’s a space that needs to be covered and the “land” on either side serves as anchors. With a dental bridge, the anchors are crowns on the two adjacent teeth and a tooth (called a pontic) is the replacement at the center. The pontic sits on top of the gumline, superficially covering the empty space.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
If you have a missing tooth, there are a few reasons why you may want to talk to your Lincoln family dentist about getting a dental bridge:
- Bridgework can last for up to 15 years with good care.
- Replacement tooth covers open socket to keep food out.
- Makes it easier to speak clearly and eat comfortably.
- Keeps your other teeth in their proper position.
Deciding if Bridgework Is the Right Choice...
Generally, if you have one missing tooth and the rest are healthy, a bridge could be a viable solution. Because you’ll need two crowns, the teeth must be strong enough to support them. Your dentist will check them using X-rays at your consultation appointment. There are other dental treatments available that can also help, such as partial dentures and dental implants. Explore all of your options and their benefits with your dentist to make the right choice for your situation.
Call Your Family Dentist Today
Having a missing tooth can put an unnecessary strain on your life. If you need a tooth replacement, call Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE at (402) 483-7000 to schedule an appointment to talk about bridges and other tooth replacement options.
Dental bridges are part of the restorative dentistry services we offer at our Lincoln dentist's office that can replace one tooth or several missing teeth. While dental bridges can complete your smile once again, they do not come in one-size-fits-all options. Three different dental bridge types exist.
Cantilever Bridges: While cantilever bridges are not a common bridge type, they are well-suited when you have a missing tooth in the front or middle portion of your teeth. This bridge type involves replacing only one tooth and place a dental crown on one side to anchor the bridge in place. Cantilever bridges are not typically used on the back teeth because the forces in chewing can be too great.
Maryland Bridges: A Maryland bridge is also called a resin-bonded bridge. These bridge types use metal "wings" instead of crowns that are bonded to your tooth with a replacement tooth in the middle. Different materials exist to create Maryland bridges. These include plastic, porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
Traditional Bridges: Traditional bridges are the most common dental bridge type, and may be the type you are most familiar with. These bridge types have a pontic or artificial tooth in the middle. On either side of the pontic are either dental implants or crowns. Dental crowns are when you have existing teeth on either side of your missing tooth. While this requires making some changes to your surrounding teeth, your healthy teeth can anchor the replacement. The traditional bridge is made from ceramic material or of porcelain fused to metal.
Each dental bridge is custom-made for each Lincoln patient. Dr. Blome-Wubbles can evaluate your overall dental health and where the missing tooth is to determine the most appropriate bridge type for you.
For more information on dental bridges at our Lincoln dentist's office, please call (402) 483-7000.