Dental Tips Blog

Sep
19

4 Ways to Keep a Dental Bridge Clean and Healthy

Posted in Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are usually made from two teeth with crowns supporting a false tooth between them. This artificial tooth (pontic) is suspended over the gums and fills in the gap where another tooth is missing.

Whether you have a dental bridge already or are planning to get one, it’s important that you know how to take care of it. That way, you’ll keep your gums and the rest of your teeth healthy for years to come.

Follow these steps to get the most out of your new bridge…

  1. Take A New Approach To Brushing

When you brush around your bridge, don’t forget to tilt the bristles in from all angles. You don’t want to brush only the side of your teeth. Tipping your toothbrush just under the pontic will help you access any bacteria and food debris hiding there.

  1. Find The Right Flossing Device

Regular floss is fine for your other teeth, but your bridge needs extra attention. To get a deeper clean under the pontic, choose a textured floss that you can easily slip under the bridge. You may even find that a powered water flosser is the easiest way for you to get the job done.

  1. Don’t Neglect The Crowns

Flossing carefully around your crowned teeth at either end of your bridge is extremely important! If those teeth develop cavities, your whole bridge could fail.

  1. Rinse Well!

Talk with your dentist about finding the right mouthwash. Some rinses have antibacterial properties which will control plaque and reduce inflammation in the gums around your bridge. Others have fluoride which will reinforce those crowned teeth against decay.

For more tips on keeping your bridge strong, see your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Aug
30

Bridge or Implant – Which Really Costs More?

Posted in Dental Implants

There’s nothing quite like your natural teeth. But once you’ve lost a tooth, it’s time to move forward and decide on a replacement that’s the next best thing.

Two very common tooth replacement options include dental bridges and dental implants. Which one is right for your smile?

Cheaper In The Short Term

If you want a fix cheap and you want it now, then the obvious answer is a dental bridge.

Bridges are usually made in three appointments or fewer. Your bridge would involve fitting a couple of teeth to get dental crowns. These crowns are what support a false tooth suspended between them.

Getting a dental implant is an investment of time. The whole process can take 6-8 months, and even longer, in some cases. Although implant surgery is not major, it does take a while for things to heal so that you can start using your new tooth.

The Better Payoff

Just because a bridge gets results fast doesn’t make it ideal for everyone.

Dental bridges require two supporting teeth to be filed down to have crowns. Doing so means that those teeth will need special attention and maintenance over the years.

Crowns and bridges don’t last forever.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanent, which can save you a lot of money down the road. But it’s important to discuss this possibility with your dentist in detail to see if you qualify.

You may actually find that combining the two techniques will work out best for your smile. An implant can help support a bridge across a gap where two or three teeth are missing.

Call your dentist today to schedule a personalized smile consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

May
1

Is a Dental Bridge a Good Idea? Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted in Dental Bridges

Lots of patients choose to replace missing teeth by spanning the gap with a dental bridge, also called partial dentures. What works for one person doesn’t mean it’s the solution for everyone, however.

Here are some things to consider when you’re planning to replace a few missing teeth with partial dentures.

How Long Do You Want the Restoration to Last?

Some people are under the mistaken opinion that a bridge is the ultimate solution. They feel that once it’s in place, it’s not going anywhere. That’s not exactly true.

As with any other dental restoration, a bridge will wear down and need an update, at some point down the road. The issue here is that every time your bridge is replaced, it weakens the teeth that anchor it in place.

Can You Keep a Bridge Clean?

A bridge is a great way to restore your bite so that you can chew with confidence. As long as you are able to take good care of your bridge, it will last you a long time. Proper care includes flossing around the teeth that support the bridge and cleaning underneath it, as well.

Will Your Other Teeth Support a Bridge?

Sometimes, the teeth on either side of the gap are just too weak to survive the process of having crowns placed on them. If your dentist determines that to be the case, he or she will let you know what your other options are.

Your Best Smile Restoration Option

Eventually, some patients decide that a removable partial denture is best for them. Others prefer the permanence and convenience of dental implants. Consult your dentist to find out whether or not a bridge is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Jan
31

3 Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

If you have had teeth that have been pulled or are missing, you need to know what reliable options you have for replacing them. Getting new teeth can help you maintain confidence, comfort, and proper tooth alignment.

Here are 3 different options that you can choose from to replace your missing teeth:

Dental Implants – A artificial tooth root made out of titanium is placed directly into your jawbone, functioning just like a natural tooth.  Then, a tooth-colored crown is attached over the implant root, making it appear and function as if it were a natural tooth. Since they are so similar to your natural teeth, implants can be brushed and flossed in the same way you brush and floss the rest of your smile.

Removable Partial Denture – Partial dentures use an acrylic or metal piece that supports artificial teeth. They are removable and snap in place around your healthy teeth for added stability. Each of the artificial teeth is designed to look as if they were real. Removable prosthesis like these are an economical option for patients on a tighter budget.

Fixed Bridges – Your dentist will use a tooth-colored, artificial tooth that is attached to crowns on either side of it.  The functional crowns are bonded to the replacement tooth, and are cemented over natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A fixed bridge isn’t removable, so it does take a bit of extra effort to clean around it each day.

Deciding how to replace your missing teeth is a big choice to make. Be sure you make the right one. Talk to your dentist about which options are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

Dec
26

Three Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

An open space caused by missing teeth can have a huge impact on your smile. First off, it can make you feel embarrassed. If you’re talking or smiling around other people, they will be able to see that you have missing teeth. Secondly, it can impact the health of your other teeth. Other teeth have to work harder, making them wear down faster. They will also drift or shift out of place when there is no longer a tooth next to them.

Replacing your missing teeth as soon as possible can help you avoid these problems. Thankfully there are a variety of tooth replacement options available to the modern dental patient. Here are three of them:

Dental Implants

Implants can replace as many teeth as necessary using artificial tooth roots. Whether it’s one crown, a bridge, or even a fixed denture – implants are designed to literally last for a lifetime. 

Dental Bridges

Bridges are fixed restorations that have a false crown (or two) suspended between two other crowns, which are anchored over the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Of course, this option means other teeth are needed, and it can only replace one or two teeth at a time. Longer bridges can also be made to fit directly over dental implants!

Removable Appliances

Whether it is a temporary “flipper,” a partial denture, or even a full denture – removable prosthetics are a simple and effective way to replace several missing teeth in very little time. They are also affordable for just about everyone.

Which option is right for you? Chances are you have a couple of different choices. Ask your dentist more to find out!

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jul
24

3 Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

Losing a tooth can seem very traumatic – especially if it is one in the front of your mouth. Whether the tooth was lost due to an accident, gum disease, or a cavity doesn’t matter. A missing tooth drastically changes your oral function, aesthetics and dental health. In fact, it is just a matter of time before other teeth start moving and drifting, due to the change in support caused by the newly opened space.

Replacing your tooth is top priority, and here are 3 ways to go about it:

A Dental Implant

Implants are perfect to replace your missing teeth with a permanent restoration. Implants can support individual porcelain crowns, or even fixed dental bridges. Dental implants have the longest lifespan of any other dental restoration.

A Fixed Dental Bridge

Bridges are a simple way to replace one or two teeth, as long as there are healthy teeth adjacent to the missing one(s). They are permanently mounted on top of the adjacent teeth, with a false porcelain crown suspended between them. With proper care and maintenance, bridges can last for several years.

A Removable Partial

If you’re looking for a more economical option, or are planning in advance for additional dental work, a removable partial bridge is a smart choice. Removable bridges use prosthetic teeth mounted onto a retainer-like base that snaps in around your other teeth.

Choosing your tooth replacement can seem a bit overwhelming, especially when you think about how long it will last. Your dentist will work with you to help you identify the option that is best for your oral health and long term needs – don’t worry!

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Dec
5

Bridges vs. Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

If you’ve lost a tooth (or teeth), you know how important it is to have it replaced as quickly as possible. After all, when some teeth are missing, it can cause your other teeth to wear down abnormally as well as drift out of place. Instead of wearing a removable partial denture, you want a fixed tooth replacement option that will stay in place for a long time.

Traditionally, missing teeth were always replaced with a fixed dental bridge. This was the only option there was as far as a permanent replacement. Since bridges can last 5-10 years, they provide patients with a simple replacement that can be completed in a short period of time. Unfortunately, they require the alteration of adjacent teeth, since the bridge must be cemented over those teeth for support. If those teeth are healthy, this results in unnecessary removal of enamel. The bridge will also need to be replaced, requiring future re-prepping of the tooth.

Now that dental implants are available, people have the option to replace their teeth using an independent prosthetic tooth that looks and feels just like a real tooth would. Implants use a prosthetic root that encourages new bone formation and is so strong that it can stay in place for an entire lifetime. Over the implant is a fixed restoration, such as a porcelain crown or multi-tooth dental bridge. Although implants are more of an initial investment, the cost less over the long run since they have such a high success rate.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental bridge or implants. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out which option is right for you and your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Mar
6

Crowns & Bridges

Posted in Crowns

Teeth don’t always last forever. Sometimes fractures, tooth decay, or failing restorations result in the need for more comprehensive or replacement treatments to restore that portion of the mouth.

Crowns are full coverage restorations that restore the full portion of the tooth that is above the gumline. They cover the top and all sides of the tooth, protecting the compromised tooth structure underneath. They often accompany root canal treatments, and are used as the last restorative line of defense when fillings are inadequate. Most of the time they are used when there is not enough healthy tooth structure to support a smaller restoration, like a new filling.

Bridges span from one tooth to another, filling in areas of one or two missing teeth between them. There are functional crowns on either end of the restoration, with false crowns being suspended between them.

Bridges and crowns are meant to function the same way regular teeth do, and can withstand normal biting forces. Typically made of porcelain, they can also be made of gold if needed, as gold is known to withstand biting forces very well in the back areas of the mouth where more pressure is used. They can also be placed on dental implants when used for the replacement of missing teeth, preventing otherwise healthy, adjacent teeth from needing treatment.

Treatment for crowns and bridges usually takes 2 appointments. The first visit is to prepare the tooth being treated, and then for an impression to be taken which is sent off to the dental laboratory. About 2 weeks later, the permanent prosthesis is ready for delivery and just a short appointment is needed to permanently cement it into place.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

Google

Nov
7

All You Need to Know About a Dental Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device. Bridges are permanently cemented onto your existing teeth or supported by dental implants by your dentist. Bridges are made to replace one or more missing teeth.

  • Bridges are fixed to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.
  • These teeth are called abutments.  They are the anchor for the bridge.
  • The replacement tooth is called a pontic. It is attached to the abutments.

Similar to a crown, you have choices on which materials your dentist will use to make your bridge. You and your dentist will have a consultation appointment before any treatment to discuss your options. He will help you decide which will be the best for you. It is advisable to bring a list of questions you have to this appointment.

Before a traditional bridge or implant supported bridge can be made, the dentist must reduce the size of your tooth. The bridge will need to be an exact fit. He will take an impression after the teeth are prepped and this impression will be sent to the dental lab. The dental lab will make your bridge in the specific material and shade provided by your dentist. If a porcelain bridge is being made, your dentist will pick out the perfect shade to match the color of the rest of your teeth.

You will have a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent bridge is being fabricated at the dental lab. Usually this takes two weeks to receive the finished prosthesis back from the lab. The dentist will remove the temporary bridge and use permanent cement to bond your new bridge in place.

You should allow 45 minutes for this appointment. It may take a few adjustments to make your bite perfect, so don’t hesitate to come back for further adjustments until the fit is just right.

With proper care and good oral hygiene, your new bridge will last many years.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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Sep
25

Bridging the Gap

Posted in Dental Bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of a false tooth (or teeth) in between two crowns. The crowns act as anchors supported by existing teeth to hold the bridge in place. People get dental bridges for different reasons. Esthetically, they can restore your smile and maintain the natural shape of your face. Practically speaking, dental bridges help to restore the ability to properly chew and speak by distributing the forces in your bite properly. Dental bridges also help to hold your existing teeth in place so that they don’t shift position and cause other oral problems.

While multiple visits to your Duluth dentist may be necessary, you will start with two basic procedures. For the first one, your “anchor” teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel for the crown to be fitted to. Impressions of your teeth will be made so that your dentist will have a model from which to create your bridge. A temporary bridge will be given to you to wear to protect your exposed teeth and gums. During your next visit, your temporary bridge will be removed so that they permanent bridge can be placed and adjusted for a proper fit. Any further visits (other than your regularly scheduled cleanings, of course) will depend on how your bridge placement is working for you.

With consistent good oral hygiene, your dental bridge can last fifteen years or longer. Most dental insurance plans will cover a percentage of your bridge procedure, which is a huge benefit to most people. If you have missing teeth and would like more information about a dental bridge, please call us. We are here to bridge the gap from a less than stellar smile to a radiant one.

Posted on behalf of Nukoa Family Dentistry

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