Restorative dentistry is one of the specialized branches of dentistry – the way that orthodontics is another specialized branch. Restorative dentists are cosmetic dentists because the products and appliances they produce and recommend help people to have better, whiter smiles after having lost teeth or having had problems with their facial structure.
Although dental bridges, made by restorative dentists, are often made for cosmetic reasons, they are also necessary for proper eating, and speaking. Dental bridge care is important to the future of the patient. Bridges are often costly and not always paid for by insurance companies. Because of this dental bridge care will protect the life of your investment.
A dental bridge is an option to repair or replace missing teeth without pulling others and using dentures. A bridge is a false tooth that is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill an area left by a missing tooth. The bridge will prevent damage to your gums and teeth and give you a new and improved smile.
When there is a space left in the mouth where a tooth once was the rest of the teeth can move gradually to fill the space. This change in position can change your bite, lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even severe migraine type headaches. Food can become lodged in the larger spaces between teeth encouraging more dental decay and the bone structure around the opening becomes unstable which can cause problems with the teeth on either side of the space.
One type of bridge is a fixed bridge that is attached to the teeth on either side of the false tooth. These teeth can’t be taken out of your mouth so dental care for this type of bridge would be the same as care for the rest of your natural teeth. Another type of bridge is a cantilever bridge, which are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. These bridges can be removed and bridge care is necessary.
The third type of bridge is a traditional bridge, which also requires bridge care since it’s removable. This bridge is created using a crown for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
Dental care will extend the life of your investment. Bridges normally last between 5 and 15 years or even longer. With good oral hygiene and prophylaxis it’s not unusual for a bridge to last over 10 years. In a lot of ways dental bridge care is a lot like caring for dentures. Maintaining a regular schedule will help to prevent any gaps in a cleaning, which can lead to breaks, cracks, stains and poor positioning. Keep a regular cleaning schedule with your dentist as well for early diagnosis of any problems.
You should brush your teeth in the morning, in the evening and five minutes after finishing any meal or snack. Research has shown that bacteria begins to break down the enamel of your teeth within five minutes after your last bite of food. Because the dental bridge will hold food particles against the teeth it is necessary to floss and brush after all meals to decrease the risk of dental decay and gum disease.
Each evening get into the habit of removing the bridge, flossing all teeth, brushing all teeth and bridge and soaking it if your dentist recommends. Dental bridge care is necessary to protect your investment in the bridge and your dental health.
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