Keeping your mouth healthy and strong should be a common goal for everyone. Remember that you need your teeth to live healthily, and that without them you would be unable to do many things. With that said, having a tooth extracted is not the end of the world – especially when you have a supportive dentist that can help you in all of your replacement tooth needs. At The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we understand that things happen. If you have to have a tooth extracted, we can help you get back to normal in no time using our removable bridges!
What is a removable bridge?
When you find yourself needing a tooth extraction, finding a replacement option and have it fitted as quickly as possible ought to be top priority. A removable dental bridge is a good option for many individuals, and consists of a replacement tooth that is anchored in place using a framework that attaches to your remaining natural teeth. Some removable bridges, for example, have two crowns that are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of where the missing tooth used to be. The replacement tooth is then inserted into the empty space and attached to the crowns. It can then be unattached and removed as needed.
Why might I need a removable bridge?
Removable dental bridges are important devices that help restore your smile. Even more important than that, however, is the fact that removable bridges help maintain the overall structure of your mouth and your jaw. When you lose a tooth, the tissue and bone that used to hold it in place can begin to break down. Not only can this cause issues where the rest of your natural teeth might begin to drift out of place, but the empty space can also cause you to put undue and excessive stress on your remaining teeth when eating or speaking. For this reason, it is advisable to have a replacement tooth placed as soon as possible. A removable bridge is a good option for a variety of individuals, and can help you maintain the function and form of your natural jaw and mouth.
How do I care for a removable bridge?
Because a removable bridge can be taken out of your mouth at will, it is important to remove it every day and clean it. You want to make sure that you get rid of any plaque or food remnants from the piece so that you do not have to worry about bacterial buildup in your mouth. This is especially important given that bacteria can lead to the erosion of your natural teeth as well as the replacement tooth and its framework. Keep your removable bridge clean!
How long does a removable bridge last?
If you properly care for your removable bridge, it can last for over a decade. The important thing to keep in mind is that it must be cleaned every day just like the rest of your teeth. You should contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.
For more information on removable bridges, contact us today at (903) 858-4020 and see how we can help!