At Randolph Dental Group in Randolph, MA, we understand that patients lose teeth for a variety of reasons. Sometimes teeth can be lost due to severe trauma. Infections that aren’t dealt with promptly can lead to dead teeth. Dental extractions can be done to remove dead, infected, or badly injured teeth.
All of these things require dental replacement. Teeth can be replaced using dental bridges, implants, and dentures. Dental bridges were the gold standard for many years until dental implants were developed. Despite implants being more popular, many patients still prefer to get dental bridges.
A bridge is mostly a suspension between two solid ends. Dental bridges aren’t different. At Randolph Dental Group, we do our best to explain dental bridges to patients. We will also show you illustrations and real pictures of dental bridges.
A dental bridge is a frame with an artificial tooth in the middle. The frame is attached on both ends to the healthy adjacent teeth. Without strong adjacent teeth, a dental bridge can’t be placed. Patients also need to know that one bridge can be used to replace several missing teeth as long as they’re all next to each other and have healthy teeth on either end.
Dental bridges are easy to live with and maintain. Their color is adjusted so that it matches the rest of your teeth. Patients looking to get dental bridges should know that they’re not removable. Dental implants and bridges are permanently placed. They last about 10-15 years. If you want to remove or replace your bridge, you’ll need to do so at the dentist’s office.
While dental bridges are artificial, you still need to take care of your dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will be crucial, especially around the bridge and its attachments. By keeping the adjacent teeth healthy, the bridge will last longer. If these teeth start to weaken or decay, the bridge can fall and start to deteriorate. Give us a call to schedule a consultation.