Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro Replacing missing teeth with Dental Bridge Ways to Replace a Missing Tooth
It is unfortunate when someone loses a tooth; however we now have several options to replace it. Listed below are most common ways to replace a missing tooth.
1.Removable Partial Denture
It can be very embarrassing when missing front teeth. A
removable partial denture, which is worn during the day, can replace one or many missing teeth. Sometimes a partial denture may need metal clasps to help it stay in the mouth. Unfortunately, these metal clasps may be visible when speaking or smiling. Another disadvantage of a removable partial denture is that they can move a little when speaking or eating, which can be uncomfortable. We recommend taking them out at night and soaking them in a cleaning solution. With a partial denture there is no need to file down any teeth, and this option is the most economical. A full denture can replace all missing teeth. 2.Temporary Denture
temporary denture is a short term solution for a missing tooth. We call it a “ flipper” because it flips in and out easily. This is used when the tooth will be restored in the future with a bridge or an implant, but we are waiting for the site to heal. These are much like a removable partial denture, but usually less sturdy, less bulky, and less expensive. We do not alter surrounding teeth when we make a flipper. 3.Bridge
bridge is an option when there are teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A bridge is a fixed solution that stays cemented in the mouth and does not come out. This method involves cutting down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to be able to connect them together. We recommend floss threaders, which slide under the bridge, to keep it clean. The disadvantages for bridges are cutting down teeth that might be perfectly healthy, and sometimes bridges in the lower jaw do not last as long since the jaw flexes and the unbendable bridge can spring a leak on one side or the other that allows for decay or bacteria to seep in. Sometimes the teeth next to the gap need a filling or a crown and this method can kill two birds with one stone; filling the gap and fixing the adjacent tooth at the same time. A bridge can replace one or two missing teeth easily, and sometimes more if there is enough support. 4.Dental Implant
implant is a great way to replace a missing tooth. This solution feels and acts the most like a natural tooth when chewing, brushing or smiling. The implant replaces the actual root of the missing tooth and heals in the bone for several months. We then place an abutment, to which a crown will be cemented. A major advantage is no need to alter any other teeth when placing an implant. An implant is a great solution for a single missing tooth, and even more implants can replace many missing teeth. When smiling or talking there is no way to tell the difference between an implant and a natural tooth.
5.Snap on Smile. They are removable appliance that can functions a lot of ways from affordable smile transformation to temporarily replacing a missing teeth. Read more 6.Do Nothing
There is always the option to do nothing. When a tooth is removed, the bone melts away and the other teeth in the area will shift to fill the gap. This can sometimes create a difficult place to clean and lead to other problems like bone loss or decay around the existing teeth.
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A patient can incur negative effects by leaving the missing tooth untreated. Leaving spaces in the mouth can cause multiple teeth to shift and move which can cause occlusion (biting problems) and/or TMJ jaw issues. Periodontal problems (gum disease) can also occur at the site of the missing and surrounding teeth. Having a dentist treat a missing or badly decayed tooth is critical to preventing any further complications.
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A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, the gap in your smile can cause many other problems, including additional decay, sensitivity, tooth drift, gum disease, and a change in your bite . Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and in many cases, too, a missing tooth can cause the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, to become misaligned, a condition referred to as TMD.
A bridge is a restoration designed to fill the gap caused by a missing tooth and prevent additional dental problems. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro Are Fixed BRIDGES NECESSARY?
Many people who lose one or more back teeth are often inclined to do nothing to replace them. Unfortunately, losing a tooth can start a vicious cycle of destruction. In a normal, healthy mouth, your teeth have a natural balance. Each upper tooth contacts the corresponding lower tooth, allowing for a well-balanced chewing function. Losing a tooth quickly destroys this balance. A functional mouth has 28 teeth (14 upper and 14 lower – excluding wisdom teeth). They work as a team. Each tooth has three companion teeth: the two adjacent teeth and the opposing tooth. These companion teeth provide support and stability. Drifting, shifting, periodontal disease, and abnormal decay areas are some of the problems that can occur when your tooth loses the support of a companion. The adjacent teeth shift inward toward the missing space. This causes open spaces between the adjacent teeth and their companion. The opposing tooth will drift down into the space left behind by the missing tooth. This causes interferences which will affect eating and talking. As the opposing tooth drifts out of its socket, the bone support is lost and the tooth will inevitably be lost as well. This cycle is a domino effect which will lead to the loss of many otherwise healthy and vital teeth.
In summary, this is what happens:
The opposing molar will super-erupt. The unprotected ridge is subject to trauma. The neighbor teeth tilt, destroying proper functional balance. Shifting teeth create spaces which food will become trapped and lead to decay and periodontal disease. Bone is destroyed as teeth drift and tip. Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro Types of dental bridges
The two primary tooth replacement options in addition to bridges include:
Dental implants- A permanent, full tooth replacement option, dental implants provide the most complete and natural looking solution for tooth replacement. Full or partial dentures- Dentures, either full or partial, offer a minimally invasive tooth replacement option for the visible or upper portion of the tooth. Unlike dental bridges, dentures are removable. What to Expect with a Dental Bridge
The process of having a dental bridge inserted is a pretty simple and painless procedure. Usually, you will need to visit your dentist at least twice for this process. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap. If they are to be covered in crowns, your dentist will file away some of the enamel, reshaping the tooth to create space for the crown. He or she will then make an impression of your teeth to send off to a lab.
The lab will use this impression to create a custom bridge for your mouth, which your dentist should receive within a few days. In the meantime, your freshly prepared teeth will be covered with temporary crowns to prevent sensitivity and damage until your bridge comes in. You should not feel any pain during this appointment because your dentist will inject a local anesthetic to numb the nerves in your teeth.
At your second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crowns, if present, and then cement your bridge into place. In some cases, your dentist may first use a temporary cement. This allows you to evaluate the fit and feel of the bridge in your mouth over the coming weeks. You’ll return for a third appointment during which your dentist will talk to you about the fit, make changes if needed, and then permanently cement the bridge into place.
Procedure in Making Dental Bridge
We prepare your teeth on either side of the space for the false tooth. Teeth on either side of the space are prepared to accommodate for the thickness of the crown. We will then make an impression, which will serve as the model from which the dental laboratory will be make the bridge (false tooth and crowns). A temporary bridge will be placed for you to wear while your bridge is being made until your next visit. This temporary bridge will serve to protect your teeth and gums. On your second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed. Your new permanent bridge will be fitted and checked and adjusted for any bite discrepancies. Your new bridge will then be cemented to your teeth.
Caring For Your Dental Bridge
A dental bridge depends on the health of the adjacent teeth and gums for support. To care for your bridge, brush and floss normally after each meal.
Superfloss and floss threaders are effective tools for keeping the area under your bridge plaque-free. Superfloss has a stiff end that helps in threading it through tight areas and a fuzzy tufted segment that can remove plaque as you floss. Insert the superfloss under the bridge and use it to floss the sides of the teeth and under the bridge. Floss threaders also aid in removing plaque. Pull out about 18 inches of floss, insert it through the floss threader, and then use the threader to insert the floss under your bridge. Floss to remove food particles and plaque from the sides of the teeth and under the bridge. Use the same procedure to care for your temporary bridge, being careful not to dislodge it as you brush and floss. If it does come loose, gently re-attach it; call your dentist if your temporary bridge frequently comes loose.
Recovery and Dental Care After a Bridge
You might have a little sensitivity in the teeth to which your bridge is attached in the days following your appointment. This is just because your dentist has activated the nerves in these teeth while working on them. The sensitivity should wane in the days that follow. Many patients find that chewing and speaking with a bridge is a little awkward at first, especially if the teeth have been missing for some time. However, the body adapts quickly, and before long, you will be able to chew on your bridge just like you would a natural tooth.
With proper care, a dental bridge can last 15 years and often much longer. Here are some ways to properly care for your dental bridge:
Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, being sure to brush around the bridge just like you would a natural tooth. Floss between the bridge and your gums to remove oral bacteria that accumulate in this area and may cause gum disease. Your dentist or dental hygienist can show you how to do this. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill germs in the tissues surrounding your bridge. Visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure any issues with your bridge are detected early.
There are no serious dietary restrictions that you must follow when you have a dental bridge. However, you should minimize your intake of overly crunchy and chewy foods, as these place excess strain on the teeth supporting the bridge and may contribute to shifting of these teeth over time. If you eat something sticky or gooey, try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the bridge.
If you ever begin to experience pain or aching in the teeth to which your bridge is attached, contact your dentist. Also see your dentist if the gums around your bridge become swollen, sore, red, or prone to bleeding. These are
signs of gum disease that must be addressed to prevent decay in the teeth to which your bridge is attached.
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