Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. They can improve your smile, but they also help prevent facial changes and other more serious issues.

Traditional bridges involve crowning natural teeth on either side of the missing space, then bonding a false tooth (or teeth) in between 韓国インプラント them. Cantilever bridges, which only use one crown, are less common and do not provide as much strength as other types of dental bridges.

Natural Appearance

Dental bridges replace missing teeth with artificial ones that are aptly named because they literally “bridge” the gap where the missing tooth or teeth used to be. They also add stability to the adjacent natural teeth, preventing them from shifting or moving due to lack of support.

A traditional dental bridge consists of two crowns on healthy natural teeth, known as abutment teeth, with a pontic (an artificial tooth) placed in between them to fill the gap. This classic approach works well for individuals who have healthy adjacent teeth and a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row.

Several dental visits are usually required to place and fix a traditional fixed bridge. The abutment teeth will need to be reshaped to prepare them for the crowns, and impressions will have to be made so that the crowns can be created in the lab. Acrylic resin was previously used to help restore the color of a metal crown, but porcelain fused to metal (PFM) is now considered to be the gold standard for beauty and durability.

Restored Bite

Dental bridges help you enjoy a full smile again by replacing missing teeth in a row. They also improve your bite function by preventing other teeth from shifting into the gap and causing more serious oral health problems.

A conventional dental bridge is anchored with crowns on healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. In order to make room for the bridge, we have to remove some of the enamel from these teeth. However, this procedure is less invasive than placing a dental implant in the space.

The longevity of your dental bridge depends on how well you care for your abutment teeth and gum tissue. Brush and floss regularly to keep these healthy, and schedule regular dental cleanings with our team. Avoid eating hard and chewy foods that can damage or dislodge your bridge. If your bridge is loose, the dentists of Lane and Associates Family Dentistry can sometimes repair it with dental bonding.

Restored Speech

Dental bridges can restore your ability to speak clearly and eat with confidence. They can also prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of place, which is a serious oral health issue.

Before your dentist begins crafting a dental bridge, they’ll need to prepare the surrounding teeth by reshaping them. They’ll take X-rays and impressions to ensure accurate measurements for your custom bridge.

After your abutment teeth are prepared, they’ll bond with artificial teeth to create your bridge. They’ll then cement it into your mouth, making sure to check the fit and bite before permanently securing it.

You can expect your bridge to last 10-15 years, depending on the type you receive. Maintaining proper oral hygiene and scheduling routine cleanings will help your bridge last longer. If you have questions about your bridge, talk to one of our Stiles Dental Care team members today! We can explain the four types of dental bridges and help you choose the right one for your needs.

Prevents Jaw Deterioration

Dental bridges prevent surrounding teeth from shifting into the empty space left by a missing tooth, which can cause pain and change the alignment of your bite. They also restore chewing function and help pronounce words clearly for better speech.

A missing tooth can cause the jaw bone to deteriorate because it no longer receives stimulation from the tooth root. This can lead to other health problems, including TMJ disorder and gum disease. Dental bridges can stop the deterioration of the jaw bone by filling in the gap and restoring the tooth root.

If you get a fixed dental bridge, it’s important to follow good oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. You should also visit Town Dental Excelsior for routine checkups and cleaning to dislodge food particles from between your teeth and ensure that the bridge is in place and functioning properly.