Dental bridges and implants are the two most popular ways of replacing missing teeth. A bridge attaches on both ends to the healthy teeth that flank the gap and contains the artificial tooth. At Owego Dental, we know that bridges have been around for many years, and plenty of patients still prefer them to implants. If you’re looking for dental bridges in Owego, we can help.
It’s always a good idea to look for a dentist near you after losing a tooth in an accident or due to anything else. When a tooth goes missing, gaps might start to appear between the rest of your teeth. Additionally, you might experience difficulties chewing and speaking.
At Owego Dental, we’ll start by examining your mouth. We’ll pay more attention to the teeth adjacent to the gap. They’re going to support the bridge, and we’ll need to place crowns over them. Patients who have decayed or weak flanking teeth will most likely not be able to get a dental crown.
Getting a dental crown will take a few visits. We will need to measure the flanking teeth and cover them with crowns then place the bridge. You will remain comfortable throughout any necessary procedures. We make sure local anesthesia is injected to numb the affected area before we start working.
Living with a dental bridge is easy. Dental bridges are durable, but you should avoid anything too hard like ice. You will have to brush your teeth and the bridge. Bridges can stain if not taken care of, and they’re resistant to teeth whitening. Patients with bridges should pay attention to brushing around the bridge and where it’s attached.
Keeping the teeth that support the bridge in good shape will help it last longer. Try to brush between the areas of attachment because bacteria can get into these small spaces and cause problems. Getting a dental bridge will allow you to speak, chew, and smile without restrictions. Feel free to come to us with any questions.