When an implant is not an option, a dental “bridge” can replace a missing tooth as well. A bridge connects the teeth next to the empty space with a replacement tooth that sits on top of the gums. The replacement tooth is fused to these teeth and functions like a natural tooth and is brushed in the mouth.
Types of Dental Bridges
Bridges are typically made from porcelain, ceramic, and gold. Depending on the type of bridge, it can be supported by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of both. The two main types of dental bridges are traditional bridges and cantilever bridges. Traditional bridges are the most common type and involve two dental crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
These crowns are connected by a pontic or false tooth, that is held in place by the crowns. Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they only require one crown to be placed on the adjacent tooth. No matter which type of bridge you choose, you can be sure that it will look and feel natural. With proper care and maintenance, your dental bridge can last for many years.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a reliable and long-lasting solution that can restore the function of your smile.
With dental bridges, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- First, dental bridges can help to restore the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can cause gaps in your smile that can be filled with dental bridges. This can help to improve the aesthetics of your smile and give you more confidence.
- Second, dental bridges can help to restore the functionality of your mouth.
Missing teeth can cause difficulty when eating and speaking. Dental bridges can provide the support needed to help you eat and speak with ease. Additionally, dental bridges can help to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Preparation for Dental Bridges
Before a dental bridge can be placed, preparation of the teeth and gums is required. This preparation ensures that the bridge is secure and that the surrounding teeth are not damaged. At our dental practice, we take the utmost care when preparing for dental bridges.
Dr. Whicker will examine your teeth and gums to determine the best course of action. We will then use specialized instruments to shape the surrounding teeth and create an impression of the area.
The impression is sent to a dental lab where the bridge is custom-made to fit your teeth. We will also use a local anesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable during the entire process.
Once the bridge is ready, we will check to make sure it fits properly and securely. We will then bond the bridge to your teeth, restoring your smile and giving you back the confidence you deserve. With proper care and maintenance, your dental bridge can last for many years to come.
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