A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap.Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. Even when damaged by decay or trauma, our natural teeth are quite durable and can still offer years of functionality with a little bit of dental support. Dental crowns can give that support by providing your tooth a strong, resilient surface. Crowns can also reduce tooth sensitivity and protect teeth from further damage.
It’s important to fill empty gaps as soon as you lose a tooth. When left untreated, open spaces in the mouth cause teeth to shift, which can cause trouble with your bite and oral health.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges replace missing teeth with dental crowns supported by adjacent teeth.
If your teeth are damaged or missing, call Oakwood Family Dental Clinic today to schedule an appointment to discuss dental care, dental bridges and other options. You can call to 470-577-9777. Our Oakwood Family Dental Clinic welcomes patients from nearby communities such as Flowery Branch, MCever, Alandale, Westgate, Gainesville and Atlanta City.
Dental bridges can be essential to fill gaps between teeth making a smile whole and complete. There can be many reasons for Dental bridges including:
•Restore your smile.
•Fill space of missing teeth.
•Maintain facial shape.
•Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
•Restore chewing and speaking ability.
•Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
• Maintain the shape of your face
• Restore your smile
•Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
• Eliminates gaps in your smile
•Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
•Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
• Reduces the risk of gum disease and bone loss
Dental Bridges can be of the following three types
Traditional dental bridges:They are the most common type of dental bridges and have crown on the adjacent teeth or implant with a false tooth in between. They are made of ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.
Cantilever dental bridges:They are not as common and have adjacent teeth only on one side of the missing tooth/teeth. As such, they are used when there is only one missing tooth.
Maryland bonded dental bridges:made of porcelain, plastic teeth and gums that are supported by metal framework. The metal wings are then attached or bonded to the teeth on both sides of the gap. It is also known as resin bonded bridge or Maryland bridge.
Dental Filling is a treatment modality to restore missing tooth structure which could have been a result of decay or trauma. Decay makes tooth hollow. Dental Filling helps to fill this gap and protect it from further decay. A filling is also used to repair broken or cracked tooth and the teeth which wear off due to dental habits like teeth grinding, nail biting etc.
There are various signs and symptoms where tooth fillings can be required. The symptoms could be as below:
•Chipped or broken tooth.
•Closing space between two teeth.
•Dark spots on the tooth.
•A hole in your tooth.
•Sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverage.
•Single or multiple cavities.
•Food stuck between certain areas of the teeth.
Dental Filling is normally required if your tooth is decayed. It can prevent further damage and can protect your tooth.
•The very first step in this process is to see how severe the infected tooth is. This is because Dental Filling is only suitable for minor fractures and decay
•The dentist then examines the tooth and if required an tooth X-ray would be done for precise and accurate information
•Depending upon the extent of decay, you may be given local anesthesia to numb the area if necessary after which your dentist will remove decay from the tooth, using hand instruments or a drill.
•Then the decayed or damaged tooth or the areas around it is prepared for restoration
•If the tooth is damaged, then a dental handpiece or a laser can be used to remove the damaged tooth part
•A filling is then applied to the area to fill the cavity. The type of filling will depend upon case to case and person to person
•Finally, the finished tooth can be polished to conclude the dental filling procedure