Studies show that tooth loss is a major dental problem in the United States. Permanent teeth are designed to last for the rest of your life. Even so, factors, such as lifestyle, can lead to their deterioration and extraction. The American College of Prosthodontists says that a fixed bridge is a good alternative for dental implants. Although dental bridges are accessible teeth replacements, only some patients can get them. If you want to find out more about candidates for dental bridges, here’s what you should know.
You should have good overall health if you want to get dental bridges. You should not have serious diseases, such as clotting problems. Before you get a dental bridge, your prosthodontist needs to remove the problem tooth structure. This will affect the integrity of the gums around the affected tooth. Healing may be extra difficult if you have serious health issues. Make sure you tell your dental specialist about your condition if any. That way, certain interventions can be made before the procedure.
While some dental bridges are supported by crowns on adjacent natural teeth, others are set in place by implants. Your jawbone must have good bone density to support the titanium posts. If you lack bone in the affected areas of your jaw, you should consider getting a bone graft first. Once you heal, your jawbone should be able to fuse successfully with the titanium posts. The success of your dental bridge depends on how well the implants support it.
You are a good candidate for dental bridges if you have 1-4 missing teeth in a row on one side of your upper or lower jaw. You cannot get a single bridge if you have nonconsecutive tooth loss. Most people don’t want to wear partials because they are uncomfortable, unstable, and occasionally embarrassing. Dental bridges are more durable and lasting than any removable teeth-replacement system.
Your dental bridge may need two natural teeth on each side to support it. These natural teeth will need caps that will hold the bridge in place. Decaying, fractured, or cracked teeth can lead to a dental bridge failure. Fillings or root canals should be performed first before the dental caps and their bridge are put in place.
Dental bridges need gums that are in good condition so that they can serve as a stable substrate for your bridge. Periodontal disease will only make your bridge fail. Your prosthodontist should treat your gum disease first. Severe periodontal disease may take a while to treat, but once it goes away, you can begin your dental bridge treatment.
Good candidates for dental bridges must have good oral health. They should be free of serious ailments as well. At Town & Country Dental, we assess our patients carefully before any dental procedure begins. Please visit our clinic in Jackson, Wisconsin, for a one-on-one consultation. You can also call us at 262-444-0600. We can help you schedule your appointment or answer your questions about our dental bridge packages.