Is Your Dentist Suggesting A Dental Bridge? 3 Important Points Patients Should Understand

In the age where dental implants seem to be garnering much of the attention, it is important for patients to become more knowledgeable about an older form of dental work known as the dental bridge. This information is especially important for those who have lost one or more teeth to an accident or dental health issue. If you or a family member is seeking a replacement for missing teeth, consider these important points about the use of dental bridges and the benefits they may offer for the situation you are dealing with. 

Dental bridge procedures are less invasive 

Even though some dental implants can now be inserted in just one appointment, they still require an invasive procedure to anchor the implant securely into the patient's jawbone. Dental patients who are not comfortable with this type of invasive dental procedure and those who may be concerned about the potential for infection or complications may feel much more comfortable opting for the non-invasive dental bridge procedure. 

During the first appointment for a dental bridge, the dentist will measure and take impressions of the mouth for the bridgework and prepare abutting teeth to hold the bridge in place. The patient is then fitted with a temporary bridge while the permanent appliance is made. Since no incisions are made, there is little pain and discomfort or risk for infection. 

Dental bridges are durable

Dental bridges come in three basic types, although the dentist may customize any of them to ensure a good fit. These three types include: 

  • Cantilever bridge
  • Maryland bonded bridge 
  • Common or traditional bridge

The exact type of bridge required will relate to many factors, including the presence or absence of adjacent teeth and the overall dental health and age of the patient. With proper care, a properly fitted, well-made dental bridge should be expected to last for a decade or more of use.

Dental bridges are comfortable 

Dental patients who are faced with the need to replace one or more missing teeth are often fearful that a dental bridge will be uncomfortable to wear or difficult to care for. In reality, dental bridges are very comfortable to wear after a short period of adjustment and can make the process of chewing easier for the patient. Like natural teeth and other dental appliances, proper care of a dental bridge requires regular brushing and flossing to remove food particles. Patients may also be instructed to use an antiseptic dental rinse as a further precaution. 

To learn more about dental bridges, take time to visit a trusted dental care provider and discuss the pros and cons associated with this common dental appliance.