Complete Fixed Bridges
Complete fixed bridges are a great solution for anyone who has missing teeth. Some people think that tooth loss only happens to seniors, but that is far from the truth. There are 178 million Americans who have at least one missing tooth.
Besides impacting your smile and eating, your teeth add to the structure and shape of your entire face, so you can’t afford to neglect your dental health.
At Thomas Family Dentistry, Dr. Kelly Thomas and recommend partial fixed bridges and complete fixed bridges for missing teeth.
How Do Complete Fixed Bridges Work?
Empty gaps between the teeth and gums can be detrimental to other teeth too. The gap will allow enough room for other teeth to loosen and fall out. Complete fixed bridges will be the right call to fill this gap based on how many teeth you are missing and where the gap is.
Usually, a complete fixed bridge can take a few appointments to install.
Why Get Complete Fixed Bridges?
If you have a missing tooth or even more, it can impact a lot of different aspects of your life. Here is why you should get a complete dental bridge:
||Getting your perfect smile back
||Ease in chewing
||Regaining speech and pronunciation
||Protecting the face structure
||Ease force on the rest of the teeth when chewing
||Preventing other teeth from becoming loose and falling out
What to Expect When Getting a Complete Fixed Bridge
When you are getting a complete fixed bridge, the dentist will take you through the different steps.
First, the consultation with the dentist will be a complete checkup of your oral health and history. They will check the neighboring teeth and how the bridge will fit into your mouth.
The dentist will give you different options when it comes to materials. This is based on how many teeth are missing and where the gaps are. The dentist will brief you on how many appointments you will need to fix the complete fixed bridge into the gums.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Complete fixed bridges will last for up to 15 years. They can wear out if you don’t take care of them. So, make sure to frequently floss, brush, and rinse your teeth properly. Dentists also recommend avoiding too many tough, sticky, or hard foods, as these can be hard on your dental bridge.
Benefits of Complete Fixed Bridges
It’s important to get a complete fixed bridge as soon as you can since missing teeth can result in a domino effect. Once a tooth falls out, it can result in a gap that makes other teeth loose. Even one missing tooth can lead to a neighboring tooth falling out.
When you get bridges, you restore proper oral functioning, restore face structure, and get a long-term fixed solution to your missing tooth.
If you want to learn more about partial or complete fixed bridges, Thomas Family Dentistry can help. Call us at 971-348-4244 for more information.