What Is Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are exactly what their name implies – they work to bridge a gap created by missing teeth. They typically consist of two or more crowns on either side of the gap and a fake tooth in between. Bridges not only restore your smile, but also improve your ability to speak and chew properly. They can also maintain the health and integrity of your smile by ensuring you are distributing the force of your bite evenly and prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of their proper positions.
Types Of Dental Bridges
If you are receiving a traditional bridge, we will need to prepare the adjacent teeth by removing some of the enamel in order to allow room for a crown to be placed. We take impressions of your teeth in order to create ideally fitting crowns and bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed until the permanent one is created.
Once ready, we will check the fit to ensure it fits properly and comfortably in the mouth. Once we achieve the ideal fit, we will cement the bridge to the prepared teeth.
Bridges can be made of metal, ceramic, or a combination. After a thorough examination, we will discuss with you the material we think is the most ideal for your situation.
In order to ensure your bridge lasts, proper oral care is important. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Be sure you clean properly in between your teeth and under your bridge – if you feel like floss is not working properly, we can recommend picks or smaller brushes to help. Maintain all your dental visits.