As you begin examining your options for replacing missing teeth, you can start by narrowing down your options according to how many teeth you’re missing (in addition to their configuration). You will know instantly whether a dental bridge is even an option when you ask yourself whether you’re missing three teeth or fewer and whether they’re all lined up in a row. If the answer is yes to both, then you may qualify! However, our Auburn Hills, MI team reminds you there are some additional things you may wish to commit to memory both in regard to your candidacy and other details that may be causing you some confusion. Let’s sort it all out together!
You’ll Need Healthy Anchor Teeth (Or Implants)
If you want a dental bridge, remember that the bridge will be fixed. It needs support from your own tissues! Which tissues, you ask? From your teeth. The teeth that are still present in your smile are called “anchor teeth,” resting on either side of the open space left by the teeth you lost. If they are healthy, then the end crowns of the bridge will be bonded to them. If not, keep in mind that you may choose to rely on implants instead!
Care Is Easier Than You Think
Of course, caring for your smile when you receive any type of prosthetic is something that will cross your mind. If you think that it is going to be a dental bridge, then you’ll want to have an initial understanding regarding what to expect. Fortunately, it’s still going to be extremely simple to protect your oral health and to keep your smile clean and attractive! Remember that the foundation of your care will remain the same. This means that your brushing, flossing, and preventive visits with our team will not need to change! The one little tweak? You’ll need to begin flossing between your bridge and your gum tissue. This will add mere seconds to your routine and is easy (especially with the help of an accessory called “threaders,” should you appreciate easier navigating).
They’re Not The Same As Partials
Our team knows that you may feel confused about dental bridges because you often hear people use the terms “bridge” and “partial” interchangeably. Good news: It’s easier than you may imagine to distinguish one from the other. A bridge is fixed and replaces up to three teeth (that are missing in a row). A partial is removable and replaces most partial tooth loss.
Make Learning About Bridges Easier With A Visit
Curious about whether a dental bridge is going to be a wise choice for you? Come in to learn more! Schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.