Dental Bridges Miami


When teeth are missing, a fixed bridge is a good choice for replacing them. A dental bridge is a great way to maintain a stable bite and restore your beautiful smile. It can also prevent a chain reaction of problems, including

  • shifting teeth.
  • difficulty keeping teeth free of plaque and bacteria.
  • loss of bone in the jaw.
  • difficulty chewing.
  • grinding and clenching.
  • pain in the jaw joint, the TMJ.
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    Why missing teeth need to be replaced

    teethTeeth need each other for support. When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing the teeth to shift. In addition, the opposing teeth no longer have anything to chew against, so they may begin to extrude out of their sockets. These changes create places around the teeth that are hard to keep clean, so plaque and bacteria accumulate quickly. This accumulation can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.

    Miami Dental Bridges


    Miami Dental BridgesChanges in the bite can also put improper chewing forces on the shifted teeth, and this can lead to loose teeth and loss of jawbone, especially when periodontal disease is already present in your mouth. An uneven bite makes it harder to chew your food and may lead to grinding and clenching. A bad bite can also create painful problems with your jaw joint, the TMJ.

    Determining the need for a bridge

    Determining the need for a bridgeTo determine if a bridge is right for you, we’ll perform a thorough examination to make sure that the surrounding teeth are healthy and can provide a strong foundation for a bridge. The exam often includes taking x-rays and probing around the teeth to check for periodontal disease.

    There are several kinds of bridges, so we’ll talk with you about the best type for your situation. We can then begin the steps necessary to create and place your new bridge.

    Three Unit Bridge

    Three-unit bridge replaces missing teeth

    Three Unit BridgeWhen a tooth is missing, a three-unit bridge can be a good choice for replacing it. In a three-unit bridge, an artificial tooth is connected on each end to crowns. The crowns are placed over the neighboring teeth to hold the bridge in place.

    A three-unit bridge can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused-to-metal.

    Placing a three-unit bridge

    A three-unit bridge is custom-made for you in a dental laboratory, so it may take two or more appointments to complete your bridge. On your first visit, we numb the area to keep you comfortable. We may also use a rubber dam to protect your mouth and throat while we work.

    Three Unit BridgeWe use the handpiece to remove any decay and shape the teeth that will support the bridge. Then we take an impression of your teeth. A model of your mouth is made from this impression, and then the lab uses the model to create a bridge that precisely fits your teeth and bite. In the meantime, we often place a temporary bridge.

    On your next visit, we remove the temporary bridge and begin a series of steps to confirm the fit of your new bridge. We try in the final bridge and check the fit and your bite. When everything is right, we cement or bond the bridge in place.

    The benefits of a three-unit bridge

    Three-unit bridges have several advantages. They-

  • Replace teeth for biting and chewing
  • Assist in clear speech
  • Help prevent teeth from shifting
  • Are supported by crowns that can serve as restorations for neighboring teeth that have damage or decay

  • When you need to replace a missing tooth, a three-unit bridge can be a functional, good-looking solution.

    Caring for your Bridge

    Dental bridges need regular cleaning

    Caring for your BridgeWhen you have a dental bridge, it is important to keep the adjacent teeth and gums healthy so they can continue to provide support for the bridge.

    At first, it may be challenging to keep your bridge and the adjacent gums and teeth plaque-free, but a variety of tools and techniques can dramatically improve the effectiveness of your homecare routine.

    Brushing and flossingBrushing and flossing

    Brush and floss your teeth and gums normally after each meal to keep your mouth healthy. Make sure to brush and floss the abutment teeth carefully to keep them strong and healthy.

     

    Superfloss and floss threaders

    Use superfloss and floss threaders to keep the area between the artificial tooth and your gums free of plaque. Superfloss has a stiff end that helps you pass it through tight areas. It also has a fuzzy, tufted segment that removes plaque and food particles from your gums and the bridge as you floss. Just insert the superfloss between the bridge and your gums, and floss the area completely.

    Superfloss and floss threadersA floss threader has one thin, stiff end and a loop through which you can thread dental floss. To use a floss threader, pull about 18 inches of floss through the floss threader, and then insert the threader into the tight spots between the bridge and your gums. Pull the threader until the floss is under your bridge, remove the threader from your mouth, and then use the dental floss as you normally would.

    Other tools and techniques

    Depending on the situation, we may recommend additional tools and techniques to help keep all the areas around your bridge plaque-free. These may include an oral irrigator, small brushes, or other devices. We also set up regular dental checkups to maintain the success of your bridge.

    With time, your bridge and your new oral hygiene routine will become familiar and comfortable.

     

     

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