Does missing one or more teeth bothers you a lot? Losing one or more teeth due to a medical condition, injury, or dental issues can be disturbing. A missing tooth may lead to experiencing several uncomfortable situations such as an unsightly gap in the teeth, pain when chewing, changes in the bite, discomfort problems, and more.
One of the ideal options for this problem is by getting a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is used to replace the missing teeth and provide a bridge that connects the adjoining teeth, filling the gaps in between the teeth. The teeth found on either side of a dental bridge are called abutment teeth and the replacement tooth or false tooth found in between of abutment teeth is called the pontic. This false tooth can either be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Natural teeth or implants typically support dental bridges.
How long do these fixed bridges last?
Fixed dental bridges usually last for about five years or even longer depending on how good the person is in maintaining both natural teeth and its dental bridges. With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, it is not surprising that fixed bridges can last for about a decade or more.
Am I going to have difficulty in eating or chewing with a fixed bridge?
The fixed dental bridge helps in making eating and chewing food a lot easier. However, until the wearer becomes accustomed to the bridge, it is advisable to eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces.
Will fixed bridge affect the way I speak?
Missing teeth, especially on the front area, can significantly affect the way a person speaks or pronounce certain words clearly and accurately. However, with a fixed bridge, it helps the person speak and pronounce certain words correctly without a hint of embarrassment.
Recovering after having a fixed dental bridge
One of the advantages of getting a fixed bridge is that the recovery is very minimal. Majority of the patients have no trouble adapting to the bridge. However, if the patient experienced any pain or discomfort, they may have a rough patch on their bridge that can be adjusted by the dentist.
Let us help you improve the appearance and form of your teeth! Book your appointment with us at Greenfield Family Dentistry for your Porcelain Fixed Bridges in Gilbert, AZ. We are located at 875 N. Greenfield Rd. #114 Gilbert, AZ 85234.