To Bridge Or Not To Bridge

bridge1People handle things in different ways. Some people thrive on stress, others crumble under it. Some people don’t fret if they lose a tooth, while other people panic. Losing a tooth is nothing to ignore. An open space in your mouth, especially if no one can see it, doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it can be. When you have even one missing tooth, your adjacent teeth can shift and lean into that space. Think of it as the domino effect. Once one tooth shifts or leans, they all begin to, which can lead to a mouth full of crooked teeth. There are several ways to prevent this. One way is a dental bridge. Take our quiz to decide whether to bridge or not to bridge.  

True or False?

  1. True or False: A bridge may be the right treatment for you if you only have one or two missing teeth.
  2. True or False: In order to get a dental bridge your missing teeth must be adjacent to one another.
  3. True or False: In order for a bridge to be an option, you must have healthy teeth next to the missing teeth.
  4. True or False: You can choose a removable or fixed bridge.

Answers:

  1. True: Although there are many treatments available if you have only one or two missing teeth, bridges are an affordable and non-invasive procedure that may be right for you.
  2. False: Dental bridge treatment does not require the missing teeth to be adjacent to one another. However, they do have to be in the same arch.
  3. True: Dental bridges are fabricated to attach to nearby healthy teeth. The healthy teeth require filing down to accommodate a hollow artificial tooth (crown). The crown slips over the healthy tooth to which it is permanently bonded. Artificial teeth to replace the missing teeth are placed between the crowns.
  4. True: Bridges with crowns that are bonded to adjacent healthy teeth are “fixed” bridges. However, you can also choose a removable bridge which are attached to the healthy teeth via a wire framework and can be removed at any time.

ABOUT YOUR VISTA, CA DENTIST:

Dr. Alexander A. Sabet strives for clinical excellence in a comforting environment. We offer the latest in preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Dr. Sabet’s various services include teeth whitening, TMJ treatment, and teeth bonding in Vista, CA. To learn more about his services or to schedule a consultation, call (760) 724-9117. Dr. Sabet proudly treats patients from Vista and the surrounding areas of Carlsbad, Ocean side, San Marcos, and Escondido.