Your oral health is important! In fact, it is one of the most important things that you can keep an eye on in order to help live an overall healthy life. Do not make the mistake of thinking that this is an “all or nothing” area of life, where one mistake leads to ruin. In reality, even if you have to have a tooth extracted, today’s dentistry offers a variety of options to help make the experience a fixable one. Things like fixed bridges, for example, are often used to help restore the appearance and function of your smile after the removal of a tooth.
Why might I need a fixed bridge?
There are certain events that could lead to you having a tooth extracted. When this happens, it is important to replace the tooth as quickly as possible. What you might not be aware of is that every tooth in your mouth serves a purpose – and when that tooth is removed, the jaw and tissue that held it in place can begin to degrade and waste away. This can lead to changes in the structure of your jaw and of your mouth, which can in turn affect both your appearance as well as your ability to do things like speak and eat normally. A fixed bridge is one way to help replace that missing tooth in order to keep the structure of your mouth in place.
What is a fixed bridge?
As mentioned above, a fixed bridge is a form of replacement tooth. If you think about the missing teeth in your mouth, you might be able to envision the gap between your remaining natural teeth and the space where your extracted tooth used to be. Something has to fill in that space in order to keep your mouth healthy. A fixed bridge, is a dental device used to help bridge that empty space. It consists of two crowns – one for each of the teeth immediately beside the gap – and a replacement tooth that is attached to these crowns. A fixed bridge uses your natural teeth to help support the replacement tooth, which is why the crowns – which can work to strengthen and support teeth – are needed.
How long does a fixed bridge last?
A fixed bridge can last quite a bit of time. If you take care of the bridge and your crowns, then you can expect the bridge to last for at least a decade. That means that you don’t have to worry about replacing the bridge often – instead, you can just enjoy the benefits that a fixed bridge offers and focus on living your life. Just remember to brush and floss regularly, and to ask us if you have any concerns or questions about how to keep your dental bridge clean and strong.
Are you interested in learning more about fixed dental bridges? To find out how they can help you meet your oral health goals as well as restore your smile, give us a call today at (903) 858-4020!