Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth and are attached to surrounding teeth for support and stability. If you have a removable bridge implanted and clipped to the teeth on both sides of the space, then you will be able to remove the bridge yourself. A fixed bridge is more permanent and requires the assistance of a dentist to remove.
A dental bridge will either be attached to the jaw directly or under the gum tissue, depending on its location and the health of your surrounding teeth. Dental bridges are made out of either metal or ceramics.
The Right Fit
When a bridge is initially implanted, the fit may feel strange to you at first. It is important to tell your dentist if you are not comfortable with the bridge after the first few days. It is dangerous to try to fix the fit of a bridge on your own or to force a removable bridge into place. At Acadian Family Dental, we can adjust the fit of any bridge so that you do not experience prolonged discomfort.
Taking Care of Your Bridge
To avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, it is important to take good care of your bridges and natural teeth on a daily basis. Make sure that you rinse your removable bridge before brushing your teeth to remove any loose food. You can clean your bridge with a regular soft-bristled toothbrush. You should always make sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes two times a day.
At Acadian Family Dental in Houston, TX, we strive to be the best choice for high-quality dental work for you and your family. Our team is ready to help with everything from bridges to cosmetic dentistry.