• Bridges

  • When you have several teeth that need to be replaced you may want to consider having a dental bridge installed. Lasting Impressions works with leading dental bridge specialists around Carmel, IN to ensure your smile is restored to a healthy and great looking state.

    What is a dental bridge?

    A bridge is a type of crown that replaces one or more missing teeth. The missing teeth are replaced by crowns that are attached to crowns on existing teeth, thus creating a "bridge”. Care and type of material for a bridge is similar to that of a single crown.

    In both situations, it is wise to avoid chewing sticky foods, ice, or any other hard objects. As stated before, good oral hygiene is vital to the longevity of a crown and/or a bridge, especially in between the teeth. This area is the most probable area for food to get caught and cause decay if not being cleaned properly. The best way to clean this area is with floss or interdental cleaners (special floss holders)

    Why do I need a dental bridge?

    If you have one or more missing teeth your mouth might not be functioning properly and your bite may be affected.

    Missing teeth can allow other teeth to move into the vacant space. This may cause pain by placing more stress on your jaw joints and teeth. These teeth that have moved are now more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay since it is more difficult to properly clean them.

    Bone shrinkage may occur where there once was a tooth and now it is gone. The way the cheeks and lips are supported by the jawbone may change as the bone shrinks. Your face may look different over time as a result.

    How do I know if I should get a dental bridge?

    Consulting a dentist is the best way to determine if a dental bridge is right for you. During your exam the dentist will review your specific situation and explain your options.

    At Lasting Impressions we take the time to go over all your possible options and answer any questions you have. After years of fitting patients in Carmel, Indianapolis, Westfield, Zionsville, and surrounding areas with dental bridges, you can be confident that we will work hard to deliver you the best solution possible.

    How do I take care of a dental bridge?

    Though your dental bridge should be treated with a bit more care than your natural teeth to reduce discoloration and detachment, you must take good care of your natural teeth as well, especially if they are holding the dental bridge in place. If those teeth become compromised, the stability of the dental bridge and how well your mouth looks and functions may be threatened.

    Regular Checkups

    Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial to help ensure that your dental bridge is functioning properly. Even if the dental bridge is not supported by your natural teeth, they can lead to health issues in your mouth like gum disease and bone loss that can jeopardize the look and functionality of your dental bridge.

    Oral Hygiene

    Proper personal oral hygiene is important to get rid of plaque and bacteria to keep your dental bridge looking good and working well. Using products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance is your best option since they meet the ADA’s standards for effectiveness and safety.

    Diet

    It is important to maintain a healthy diet to ensure your oral health does not suffer. You should also avoid foods that may stain your teeth or dental bridge and cause irregular discoloration or distortion.

    When you are ready for a consultation to go over your options give us a call at (317) 571-9610. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Lasting Impressions is ready to help with any questions or appointment requests you may have. We are conveniently located in Carmel, IN and is easily accessible from Indianapolis, Westfield, Zionsville, and surrounding areas.p