Dental bridges are permanent dental restorations that are used to replace missing teeth.
Dental bridges will last for several years, but they might require replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear over time.As with almost all restorations, there are many types of dental bridges that you can choose from, though your dentist can help you make the best choice. The most traditional dental bridge, which consists of porcelain fused to metal, is also the most popular, mainly because porcelain resembles the natural color of teeth. With this type of bridge, two crowns are placed over two anchoring (abutment) teeth, and they are attached to artificial teeth (pontics), thereby filling the gap created by a missing tooth or by missing teeth.
Reasons for a fixed dental 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
What does getting a fixed dental bridge involve?
Getting a dental 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. This 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 cement the bridge temporarily, 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.
Learn more about dental bridges – Contact your Salem dentists at Oak Park Family Dental.