Dental bridges are used to hold your teeth in place if more than one tooth is missing. Find out why dental bridges can help preserve your teeth and improve your smile.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are replacement tooth (or teeth) that are placed in your mouth to fill the space left by one or more missing teeth. The purpose of the bridge is to restore the bite and keep the natural shape and appearance of your teeth.
Why do I need a bridge?
When you lose one or more teeth, the gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift, which results in a bad bite. To prevent gum disease from occurring due to bad bite, dental bridges is recommended to replace the missing teeth. With dental bridges, you get to preserve your teeth since lost tooth can cause the remaining to loosen or fall out.
How long do porcelain fixed dental bridges last?
With proper home care and regular dental visits, your bridges should last over the typical 10 – 15 years range.
How is tooth replacement done?
You need more than one dental visit to have dental bridges placed in your mouth. During your first visit, the dentist prepares the teeth on both sides of the gap in readiness for dental bridges.
An impression or image of your teeth and the space to be filled is taken and sent to the dental lab so that a custom-made bridge can be made. In the meantime, the dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth as you await the permanent bridge.
On your next visit, the permanent bridge should be ready. The dentist places the permanent bridge onto the spacing and cements it to the prepared teeth to ensure it fits perfectly.
When the whole process is complete, the dental bridge becomes firmly fused on your teeth and cannot be removed except by a dentist.
Who is the ideal candidate for a dental bridge?
Most people with one or more missing teeth can get a porcelain fixed dental bridge. There are many risks of leaving gaps between your teeth, including the increased susceptibility for decay, gum disease, and drifting of other teeth out of position.
What color will the dental bridge be?
The objective is to give you a brighter smile without compromising on a natural look. Your front teeth are typically whiter than the molars, so you should discuss with your dentist and determine the ideal shade of your bridge depending on the current condition of your adjacent, natural teeth.
What are the different types of fixed bridges?
You can have one of three types of dental bridges depending on the location of the gap being filled. The three are traditional fixed bridges, resin bonded bridges, and cantilever bridges.
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