Dental Bridges: What Are They & How Can They Help You

Ouch! You’ve lost a tooth. This is not the joyous childhood Tooth Fairy moment. This is a missing adult tooth that is making it difficult to eat and most likely causing significant pain.

So now what?

Fortunately, crowns and bridges can solve the problem. See how a dental bridge can alleviate your pain and bring back a genuine smile.

Fix your smile today; Solving tooth damages with a bridge 

If this is the first time you need a dental bridge, you might not be familiar with the process. A dental bridge gets its name for an obvious reason: it bridges the gap between teeth. By anchoring a false tooth in the space between your healthy teeth, the bridge will allow you to regain your natural bite and smile.

A few common problems typically lead to needing a dental bridge: tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. When a tooth is lost or should be pulled for health reasons, it can cause other problems. Missing one or more teeth can make it difficult to bite or chew, cause pain to the mouth or jaw, or create cosmetic concerns.

It is not uncommon to need a dental bridge. More than 70% of adults ages 40 to 64 have lost at least one tooth.

An alternative solution to a dental bridge is a dental crown.

How is a crown different from a bridge? 

A dental crown can either be placed on an existing, weakened tooth to strengthen it or on top of an implant that replaces a missing tooth.

In the case of a missing tooth, a crown uses an implant to replace the missing tooth with a fake tooth. This differs from a bridge, which bridges the gap between three teeth.

Because a crown can be used to save and strengthen an existing tooth, some dentists suggest a crown over a bridge. The crown is smaller and affects only one tooth, whereas a bridge must anchor itself to two existing healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth.

Your dentist will make an impression of your bite and use that to model your crown. The crown is used to cap a tooth and strengthen it or hold an implant in place.

What if my kid has tooth damage? Solving tooth damage for kids

It’s a little more unusual for children to experience damage to their baby teeth. Remember the Tooth Fairy reference? Kids generally lose their baby teeth to make way for their permanent adult teeth, giving them an opportunity to score a dollar or two and a second chance to maintain a healthy smile.

Occasionally, tooth damage is severe enough to affect children, causing problems to baby teeth. You might hear this referred to as early childhood caries (or cavities). Of children ages 2 to 11, 42% experience decay in their primary teeth.

If your child has a decaying baby tooth, a stainless-steel cap provides a cost-effective solution. Since the cap is covering a tooth that your child will eventually lose, it is only temporary. Stainless steel is cheaper than a cap that looks natural and still provides room for the adult tooth to grow.

Crowns help keep you confident about your smile

Damage to a tooth physically hurts! But it also can hurt your confidence. Many people become very self-conscious about a missing tooth.

When the procedure for a crown is done properly, it essentially makes the damaged or missing tooth invisible. Choosing the right material for the crown is a big step in this direction.

A dental crown can be made of different materials, such as metal alloys, porcelain, acrylic, or ceramic. To keep the damaged tooth looking as close to your healthy teeth as possible, avoid metal and choose a natural-looking material like porcelain or acrylic. Once the crown or bridge is in place, it will mirror your other teeth, line up with your natural bite, and fix any existing pain.

Don’t wait to fix the problem! Contact Ronald A. Tosto, DDS today to schedule an appointment and rediscover your smile.

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