When it comes to missing teeth, you have a wide variety of treatment options. One of the most popular options is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is exactly what it sounds like- it bridges the gap of missing teeth. It is composed of at least two crowns for teeth that go on either side of the missing tooth. The teeth around the gap act as anchors and hold the bridge into place.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
Dental bridges offer many benefits. They can restore your smile and replace missing teeth. They help to maintain a proper face shape and restore balance to your bite. They also stop remaining teeth from moving and shifting out of place, preventing further dental damage.
What is the process of getting a dental bridge?
If we determine that you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, we will begin preparing your abutment teeth. Contouring these teeth and removing portions of enamel. This helps to reshape the teeth and prepares them for crown placement. A scan of your remaining teeth is taken and sent to the lab. These will serve as a mold to craft the crowns for the bridge.
For the short-term, we will give you a temporary bridge to wear until your permanent one is finished. During your next visit, we will remove the temporary bridge and swap it out with the permanent one, making sure to adjust its fit. When we are sure that the bridge fits properly (potentially at another visit) we will cement the bridge into place.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
When properly cared for, your dental bridges can last up to fifteen years. Caring for your bridge is very similar to your normal recommended oral health routine. Make sure that you are brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. It is also important to floss at least once a day between your remaining natural teeth. Make sure to see your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. They will monitor the status of your bridge and make sure that everything stays healthy.
If you are missing teeth and are looking into replacement options, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. To see if this is the right course of action for you, give us a call today.