What You Should Know About Dental Bridges

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If you have knocked out one of your teeth or had to have it extracted, there may be a few options suggested to you for replacing it. One of those options might be to have a dental bridge put in. This is especially true if the teeth near your missing tooth have some problems of their own. You can become better informed about what a dental bridge is and what it's like to have one put in by reading the information below:

A dental bridge can help for multiple dental issues

If you have a mouth of healthy teeth and just one that's missing, then you may be better off with an implant so none of your other teeth have to be touched during the process. However, if you have a missing tooth that's next to one or more teeth that have fairly large cavities or other problems, then a bridge allows you to take care of both problems at once.

A bridge is less invasive than implants

If you choose to go with an implant, then it requires a post to be placed all the way into your gum to the bone of your jaw, where it is fused to the bone. Getting an implant is generally a three-step process that also has a longer recovery period.

A dental bridge will give you a prosthetic tooth that looks just as natural without all that invasive work. Although the tooth won't be attached directly to your jawbone, it will still give you a permanent tooth that looks, feels and acts like the rest of your natural teeth.

The process for getting a bridge is simple

When you go with a bridge, the dentist prepares the other teeth the bridge will also be going on by taking them down a little in size and shaping them so the crowns of the bridge will fit correctly on them. Then, you will bite on a mold that gets sent off to a lab where they will turn it into an impression of your mouth. They will use that impression to create the bridge so it fits your teeth and your bite.

The bridge will be made of metal, but porcelain will be applied to the outside of the metal that matches the look of your other teeth. You will go back in to the dentist to have the bridge put in place. The crowns will be glued in place with bonding material and the prosthetic tooth will be set in place.

A bridge is easy to get and it will look so natural that people who talk to you won't get suspicious about whether or not those are your real teeth. The bridge is also easy to get used to and you can eat and talk without difficulties.

Getting a bridge is a good way for you to replace a missing tooth without going through a painful procedure and you'll have your smile back. For more information, contact a company like Tukwila Dental Center.


8 March 2016

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.