Bridges Help Restore Multiple Teeth and Gaps
Bridges have been around for a long time. Before the availability of implants, they could be used to replace even one missing tooth. Today, they are typically used to fill the space left by multiple missing teeth that are adjoining. Such a gap can negatively affect the shape of the mouth and face. Using a bridge to restore that space is a great way to reshape and restore that area of the mouth, thus giving the face a natural look again.
Bridges are fixed appliances made of porcelain because of its color and strength. There are two types of bridges to choose from. Traditional bridges are made with porcelain fused to metal. The other type of fixed bridge is made just of porcelain and is popular because it looks like natural teeth. They are attached to crowns that are affixed to anchoring teeth whether your own or abutment teeth from an implant.
Just like crowns, dental bridges are very durable and will last for many years. However, after a long period of time, they might need to be replaced or reattached. This is just the natural wearing time for any of these types of dental appliances.
When You Should Consider a Bridge
The dentist will give you options for any procedures he or she deems necessary for your health or the way you look. The following are common situations when a bridge might be your best option:
- Filling in space from multiple adjoining missing teeth
- Restoring or maintaining your facial structure
- Helping restore your ability to speak or chew/bite due to loss of teeth or decay
- Filling space to prevent teeth from moving
- Moving from a partial denture to a bridge
- Helping get your smile back
What to Expect When Getting a Bridge
If you have implants that will be the anchoring abutment teeth then you will need to go through that procedure (what procedure?) first. If you are using your own teeth as anchors, then this procedure (preparing for a bridge?) is much like what happens when you get a crown. At your first appointment, detailed molds or impressions must be made so the bridge will fit correctly when it comes back from the lab. The anchoring teeth will be cleaned and prepared to accept the bridge. In the meantime, a temporary bridge will be attached to provide structure for your mouth and face while the permanent bridge is fabricated.
On the next appointment, you will be fitted with the permanent bridge. The dentist will adjust as necessary to get the right fit for comfort. Most of the time, once fitted, the bridge will be cemented in place. If your gums are inflamed at this point in time, the bridge can only be placed temporarily. If this happens, you will need to come back for a third appointment to have the bridge cemented permanently.
For best dental health, you will need to continue with your normal good habits of daily brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums and returning for deep cleanings every 6 months. If there are any problems that arise after the bridge is set in place, please do not hesitate to contact us as quickly as possible.
Another solution for missing or unsightly teeth is dental implants. For access to that procedure, be sure to rely on professionals with extensive training in cosmetic dentistry.