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Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridges
If you are missing one or more teeth a dental bridge may be the solution to restore your smile. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
Gaps left by missing teeth, if not restored, can eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. Furthermore, the imbalance caused by missing teeth can lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
There are many advantages to dental bridges including:
- Restoring your smile
- Restoring your ability to speak and chew properly
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a Fixed Bridge
- Fill space of missing teeth
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore your smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last
Dental bridges can last a lifetime but they can also become loose or fall out. In order to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge, it is best to practice good oral hygiene. If the teeth or bone holding the dental bridge in place become damaged by dental disease it can cause the bridge to lose its support. Make sure to brush twice a day and floss daily. You will also want to book regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
What Are the Types of Dental Bridges?
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
What Does Getting a Fixed Bridge Involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
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