When loosing a tooth or several teeth, your dentist might recommend dental bridges. These devices get cemented on the supporting teeth or a dental implant and cannot be placed and removed at any time, as they are fixed.
Importance of Replacing the Missing Teeth
Once your teeth have been lost, you also loose certain abilities, such as chewing and speaking, and your general aspect changes dramatically. You have to replace these teeth in order to restore all these things and also to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting into the empty place and risk misalignment, jaw problems and further tooth loss due to gum disease and decay directly caused by shifting.
The Dental Bridge Treatment
At least a couple of visits to the dental office are necessary for your dentist to complete the bridge. Your dentist prepares the supporting teeth during the first visit. They will be used to fix the dental bridge in place. He or she will take the impression; this is sent to the dental laboratory to create the bridge. During this time, you will be given a temporary bridge. After the final bridge is produced, your dentist will adjust it to match the alignment of your teeth. When adjusted, your dentist will cement it into place.
Effects and Care
Following the procedure, you may feel discomfort, pain or increased sensibility to hot or cold food. To reduce the effect you may take pain killers like ibuprofen; if, by any chance, the pain is resistant, make an appointment to your dentist, to find out the cause of it. Apart from that, proper hygiene and diet will insure that the supporting teeth and gums will stay healthy. Ask your dentist if you feel you need help with the accurate use of dental floss or for brushing instructions.