4 FAQs About Dental Bridges Answered
Dental bridges and crowns are installed on the patient to fill a gap between two healthy teeth. Often, these are recommended if the gap is only missing a few teeth and the gap is between healthy teeth. The healthy teeth will be needed to support the bridge and crown. If the decayed tooth can still be saved, the decayed part will be removed and a dental cap or crown will be installed over the remaining tooth. The cap or crown will serve as protection for what remains of the tooth, and is also installed for aesthetic purposes.
For a bit more information about dental bridges, below are answers to a few commonly asked questions:
1. Is the procedure painful?
The short answer here is, “No.” Before the procedure, the dentist will apply local anesthesia to numb the area. In general, the dentist will test if the patient still feels anything, asking if the area hurts when poked or prodded. If the answer is yes, then the dentist will wait for a few more seconds or minutes to allow the anesthesia to settle.
2. Will the bridge affect normal function?
Again, the answer here is no. The bridge and crown will serve as the replacement of your missing tooth/teeth, and as such, will function as your normal teeth would. In other words, you don’t have to worry about chewing, eating, spitting, sipping or swallowing with the bridges and crowns in place. If anything, they will return your dental functions back to normal.
3. How long will the bridge and crown last?
Generally, bridges and crowns last anywhere between 5 and 15 years; more in some patients. The key is proper oral and dental care. Your dentist can give you some tips on how to prolong the life of these dental appliances, and they can also perform routine teeth cleaning, together with your entire set of teeth, every six months.
Are bridges and crowns better than dentures?
Both dental appliances are installed to help return normal functioning, from biting food to chewing and everything else; and such, one isn’t necessarily better than the other. Your dentist will be the one to determine which dental appliance is best for you, usually based on the number of teeth missing, the health of your gums, and the health of the teeth that will serve as the anchor.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental bridges and crowns, please don’t hesitate to call Audubon Dental Center at (301) 856-1122 to schedule an appointment.