Dental Advice for the Sweet Tooth

Hey! I'm Frankie, and welcome to my dental advice blog. I'm a foodie and I love sweet treats, but I also love my teeth! It can be hard to keep your dental health in top condition when you've got a sweet tooth, but it's not impossible. Over the years, I've learned tons of great advice from friends, family members and dentists, and I'd love to share it with you. My blog is here to give you all the tips and tricks you need to stay free of decay and other tooth problems without giving up all your favourite foods and snacks.

The Pros and Cons of Fixed Dental Bridges

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Patients have a wide variety of options, such as dental implants and fixed dental bridges, when they would like to replace missing teeth. However, some inexperienced patients may find it hard to select which option they should select due to their limited understanding of those options. This article discusses some of the benefits and the drawbacks of using fixed dental bridges to replace missing teeth.

What Dental Bridges Are

A dental bridge is a structure that is placed in your mouth to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Fixed dental bridges are glued into place by your dentist. Those bridges are customised for each individual.

Advantages of Fixed Dental Bridges

They are affordable. Fixed dental bridges tend to be less expensive when compared to other options, such as dental implants. This affordability stems from the simple construction of the bridge that doesn't require any part of the bridge to be inserted into your jaw or gum.

They are similar to natural teeth. Fixed bridges are designed using impressions taken from your other teeth. Those bridges are then permanently glued in place so that it becomes hard for a casual observer to realise that they aren't natural teeth. You will use those bridges in the same way as you were using the natural teeth that you lost.

Social awkwardness is avoided. Fixed dental bridges are good because they can save you from having to remove them for cleaning. They are also unlikely to fall out in the same way that removable dentures can.

The Cons of Fixed Bridges

Neighbouring teeth are affected. The process of placing fixed dental bridges in your mouth can affect the teeth near the bridge. For instance, the nearby teeth may be filed down in order to create ample space for the base of the bridge. This can weaken those nearby teeth.

Cleaning is harder. Some space often remains beneath the pontic (the tooth-like structure glued onto the gum). It can be very difficult to remove any food particles that may be lodged underneath that pontic.

Several dental visits may be required. Fixed dental bridges cannot be placed in one visit to your dentist. This is because the dentist will require one visit to examine you and take impressions to be sent to a laboratory. One or more visits may then be used to put those fabricated bridges in place. 

Talk to your dentist about the other teeth replacement options that are available. That professional can then help you to select the option that is best suited to your needs.


26 June 2017