Dental Bridges: How Much do you Know?

Losing a permanent tooth evokes numerous emotions. Two of the most common sentiments are embarrassment and anxiety over the potential expense of replacing your tooth. A missing tooth is terrible for your smile confidence and general self-esteem. It also lowers the function of your dental structure. Biting, chewing, and speech are affected…

Losing a permanent tooth evokes numerous emotions. Two of the most common sentiments are embarrassment and anxiety over the potential expense of replacing your tooth. A missing tooth is terrible for your smile confidence and general self-esteem. It also lowers the function of your dental structure. Biting, chewing, and speech are affected exponentially with every adult tooth which is lost. Your surrounding teeth are at risk for shifting into the space where the natural tooth once was. Dental bridges answers to the aesthetics of tooth loss, and help with some functionality aspects.  Knoxville, TN dentist, Jim Erpenbach, will bridge the gaps of your knowledge with this quiz.

Questions

Q1. True or false – Dental bridges are similar to structural bridges.

Q2. True or false – Abutment teeth is the term for the two teeth which support your dental bridge.

Q3. True or false – Bridges are like partial dentures, so they require daily removal for cleaning.

Q4. True or false – The porcelain crown on your dental bridge will stand out slightly because natural teeth are simply not as white as porcelain.

Answers

A1. TRUE – Dental bridges are comparable to the structural bridges we might drive or walk over. Just like those types of bridges, fixed dental bridges rely on strong support on either side of the space they fill. This is so they can sustain the weight of the prosthetic teeth in the middle.

A2. TRUE – The term for the teeth on either side which support a bridge is abutment teeth.

A3. FALSE – There is such a thing as partial dentures which are removable. Fixed dental bridges are different, however. Designed to provide the stability and freedom which will allow you to talk, eat, and brush your teeth, bridges are firmly cemented into your mouth.

A4. FALSE – Porcelain crowns are so often used in dentistry because of the technology allowing fabricators to color-match crowns to your existing teeth. Dr. Erpenbach will take measurements and color specifications so your bridge will blend into your mouth flawlessly.

Dental Bridges from Your Knoxville Dentist

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our 37919 dentist office, you can call 865-329-7815. Your biomimetic family dentist in Knoxville welcomes patients from Knoxville and the greater metropolitan area.