Your mouth is a working, living system that operates most efficiently when all parts are working together, performing the tasks that each part is designed to do. When one or more parts are not functioning properly, or are missing, the entire system can become strained. This can lead to premature damage to other parts in the system, as well as decreased function of the system as a whole. When you lose a tooth to trauma, decay, or gum disease, the system of your mouth is functioning less than optimally. This places strain on the remaining teeth, the muscles that move your jaws, and the joints and ligaments necessary to proper functioning of your mouth.
The fixed bridge is one way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A fixed bridge is a prosthesis that utilizes suitable teeth that are adjacent to the site where your missing tooth used to be. The teeth used to hold the fixed bridge are known as abutments. The abutment teeth anchor the fixed bridge through the same concept of the crown. The fixed bridge replaces your missing tooth or teeth, restoring your ability to chew properly, efficiently, and comfortably. A fixed dental bridge in Brownsburg, Indiana is bonded into place and does not need to be removed for cleaning. You will need to continue brushing and flossing a fixed bridge just like you do the rest of your teeth. Also, regularly scheduled cleanings and exams are critical to the success of your new bridge. To learn more about bridges or to schedule your next exam, we invite you to contact our knowledgeable dentist at Brownsburg Family Dental Care!