Is your smile being weakened by gaps between your teeth?
You have the option of bringing back the strength of your smile by repairing the gaps. Our dentists recommend that the best option to repair missing teeth is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a replacement for the missing teeth, corrects your bite and repairs your smile. This article will discuss what to expect when during our dental bridge procedure and how to maintain the dental bridge.We have dental bridges made of metal, porcelain, or a mixture of the two. Our team of dentists are skilled in placing all 3 types of bridges that are usually used; traditional, cantilever, and Maryland. The traditional bridge is a false tooth supported by crowns on the natural teeth on both sides of the gap. A cantilever bridge is a false tooth only supported by a natural tooth on one side. A Maryland bridge is a false tooth bonded to the natural teeth on both sides of a gap. One of our skilled dentists will determine the best material and type of bridge to replace your missing teeth. The procedure for a traditional dental bridge usually takes more than one visit to our office. Your dentist will prepare the teeth on both sides of the gap by filing them down for dental crowns. Then an impression will be made of the gap, prepared teeth, and the tooth above or below the gap. The impressions are sent to a lab where they will be custom made to fit your mouth.
While the impressions are being made, you will have to wear temporary crowns on the prepared teeth.When you bridge is made, there will be a false tooth between the crowns or caps that attach to the teeth on either side of the gap. Your dentist will examine how it fits and make any required adjustments before they cement the bridge to your prepared teeth. You won’t need any dental implants unless you have several missing teeth in one area. In this case, dental implants will act as the natural teeth by supporting both sides of the dental bridge with their crowns.If any decay starts to form on any of the support teeth or your jaw, your bridge will begin to fail. The best way to prevent your dental bridge from failing is by practicing good oral hygiene at home. Make sure to brush and floss at least twice a day or after meals if you are prone to cavities. You can use special floss and brushes to clean underneath your dental bridge; your dentist will most likely discuss what types to use with your dental bridge. By avoiding cavities in the supporting teeth, your dental bridge will last somewhere between 5 to 7 years.
Overall, our dental bridge procedure is simple and only requires 2 visits to our office. If you are missing any teeth make sure to call our office and discuss a dental bridge with our team of highly qualified dentists.