Bridges

All your teeth are essential to your speaking and chewing functions, while also maintaining good dental alignment. While tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to happen as you get older if it does happen it needs to be remedied immediately to keep your mouth operating as best as possible. The good news is there are solid alternatives when it comes to correcting tooth loss.

Dental Bridge Options

A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth. Bridges attach artificial teeth to neighboring natural ones (abutment teeth). They are either removable or permanent (fixed bridges).

 

To apply fixed bridges, our dentists must either place crowns on the adjacent teeth or bond the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Bridges that can be removed are attached to the teeth using metal clasps or with the help of precision attachments.

 

If you’re missing teeth, you may be all too conscious of their importance to your appearance and most importantly, dental health. In order to eat and speak, your teeth work together to carry out these functions. Not having some teeth makes these actions more strenuous or difficult. Missing teeth must be replaced with utmost urgency. To restore your dental health and appearance, fixed bridges are an excellent option.

What is a bridge or fixed partial denture?

 

To fill the gap where teeth used to be, dentists use a bridge (fixed partial denture). Fixed bridges are cemented into place, meaning they can only be removed with a qualified dental professional. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned as necessary. Fixed bridges are more stable, as opposed to removable ones.

Do I Need a Bridge?

 

There are many reasons to wear a bridge, most importantly, oral functionality and appearance. A bridge provides support to your lips and cheeks. Losing back teeth may cause your face to sink, giving you an older appearance.

 

Aesthetics aside, dental health is the most important reason to use a bridge. Teeth are meant to complement one another. When teeth are missing, unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues, opening the door for the development of other potentially harmful disorders. 

 

With a bridge, the threat of gum disease can be reduced. It has been proven that gum disease is one of the worst side effects of missing teeth.

 

Missing teeth may also cause speech disorders because they affect the way we enunciate and make sounds in order to speak clearly.

How is a bridge attached?

 

The process of attachment is usually spread out over two to three appointments. During the first appointment, our dental team will prepare the remaining teeth close to the gap by removing some enamel and dentin.

 

Impressions of the teeth are taken to make sure the bridge is fabricated with precision. This will ensure a correct bite and a precise match to the opposing tooth. The impressions will then be sent to the lab to have your bridge constructed.

 

Fixed bridges are usually cemented to the remaining natural teeth next to the gap. A pontic (false tooth) is placed in the gap. Crowns provide support to the bridge by being cemented onto the natural teeth.

What materials are used?

 

Bridges can be fabricated using gold alloys, porcelain, non-precious alloys, or a combination of all of these. It is often that porcelain is bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.

How do I care of my bridge?

 

A disciplined routine of brushing and flossing will maintain the cleanliness of the bridge and neighboring teeth. This is of utmost importance as the bridge relies entirely on the surrounding teeth for support.

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