A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance attached to your mouth and is a great way to replace missing teeth. Whether you lost your teeth due to age or injury, bridges are an awesome option for people looking to improve their dental health and regain a great smile.
There are several different types of bridges, the best option for you will depend on what material you choose and how many teeth you’re looking to replace. At Christiana Dental Center, we prioritize you throughout the whole process, including taking the time to discuss all of the best options for your particular case. The most popular type of bridge is made of porcelain that is fused to metal and consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). The abutment teeth are attached to pontics, or artificial teeth, creating the look of natural, clean teeth. Many people enjoy the look of porcelain bridges because they resemble the color of real teeth.
Dental bridges are extremely durable and will last you many years. However, they may need to be re-cemented or replaced at some point due to normal wear.
REASONS FOR A FIXED BRIDGE:
- If you have to fill a space in your smile.
- If you want to maintain facial shape after tooth loss.
- If you would like to prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- If you want to restore chewing and speaking ability after an accident.
- If you would like to upgrade from a removable partial denture.
WHAT DOES RECEIVING A FIXED BRIDGE INVOLVE?
Receiving a bridge usually requires at least two visits with Christiana Dental Center. During these first few visits we’ll cover all the information you need to know and get a mold of your teeth.
For the first appointment of the procedure (after the informational step) your dentist will prepare to anchor your teeth. While numb, your dentist will start by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Once this is done, a mold will be taken of your teeth which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be created. Once your dentist has taken an accurate mold of your teeth, they will give you a temporary bridge for you to wear 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, the dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge. This allows your teeth and tissue time to adjust to the new bridge before the dentist permanently cements it in at a later time.
Of course, we’ll be transparent and informative throughout the process. You will receive detailed care instructions at each step and at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will add to the life of your new permanent bridge as well as your other teeth. We work hard to make sure everyone has a happy and healthy smile! Contact us today if this procedure sounds right for you.