Procrastinating is a common human reaction when something needs to be done – this seems to be especially true if something needs to be done about our dental health. However, if you have a missing tooth, you may not want to put off doing something about it anymore – after all, the end of the year is approaching and you want to make sure you get all that you can out of this year’s insurance benefits! Read on for more information about the benefits of dental bridges and why you shouldn’t wait to get one!
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a way to replace missing teeth – you may be a good candidate for a bridge if you are missing two or more adjacent teeth. There are two common types: the fixed bridge and the implant-supported bridge. In a fixed bridge, two natural teeth are used to anchor in the “bridge” of the artificial tooth (the pontic). The pontic sits on top of the gums while crowns are cemented to the two anchor teeth, holding it all in place. In an implant-supported bridge, a dental implant secures the bridge. A dental implant is inserted into the jaw bone and your new tooth is placed on top of this.
Getting a dental bridge can take several visits — the number of visits depends on which type you get. Your dentist can help you decide which type would be best for you. Dental bridges allow the patient to chew and speak normally and to smile confidently. Bridges are made of materials that not only look natural but are sturdy – bridges may even last for over a decade. Just make sure to take good care of your teeth, by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly! You may also be advised to avoid chewy, hard, and sticky foods that can damage bridges.
If you’ve been putting off a dental procedure, such as a dental implant or a dental bridge, now is the time – before this year’s dental benefits expire! Contact Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee today for a consultation. Call (414) 464-9021 for an appointment today!